Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 4, April 2009

Publish or perish? Evaluation of a writing week

Felicity Goodyear-Smith Meredith Temple-Smith Jane Gunn
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To improve research publication output, a general practice department in Australia declared a department wide ‘writing week’.
While effectiveness of writing week could not be precisely measured with respect to publication outputs, researchers, regardless of seniority, benefited from the provision of structural knowledge, quarantined time and/or support to write up research.
Ninety percent (18/90) of potential staff participated, from novice to senior. In the subsequent 3 months eight papers were submitted and a further nine were nearing completion. Expressed benefits were having dedicated and structured time, collegial support and an external facilitator.

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