School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Join The Conversation

There is a new and exciting tool for you to promote your scholarship. Announced in the Gazette, Queen’s has signed on as a founding member of The Conversation Canada, a daily independent news and analysis online publication delivering expertise from the academic and research community directly to the public.

The Conversation platform offers explanatory journalism written by researchers – illuminating news with academic expertise and introducing new ideas. Launched in Australia in 2011, 30,000-plus academics from 2,065 institutions worldwide are registered as contributing authors. Canada is the 6th national affiliate of the global network.

Impact and Engagement

Queen’s has joined the The Conversation because it is a proven tool for promotion and knowledge mobilization. For example, the data show that 60 per cent of authors are contacted for media follow up, 14 per cent are contacted for conference presentations, and 16 per cent are contacted to engage in research collaboration. Furthermore, the proprietary state-of-the-art distributed content model and content management system provides real-time analytics for both researchers and member universities.

The Conversation website attracts 4.8M visits per month, and reaches 35M through Creative Commons licensing. Readership includes policymakers, journalists, academics, businesspeople, influencers, students and others in search of informed, fact-based analysis. Over 22,000 media outlets around the world repurpose content from The Conversation, including The Washington Post, Maclean’s, Le Monde, The Guardian, Time Magazine and The Hindu.

The Conversation will increase access of Queen’s researchers to new national and global communications channels and journalism organizations. It will also bring prominence to, and demonstrate the impact of, Queen’s research in a variety of areas – from society and culture, science and technology, to the arts and health studies.

How to get involved

PhD students can write for The Conversation Canada. Master’s candidates can also be published if they are writing as a co-author with a current researcher or academic. To register as an author, you are invited to visit The Conversation website to complete an author profile and pitch you ideas. Researchers can also work with their faculty communications team or the central Queen’s communications team to be connected with an editor.

We encourage you to take advantage of this partnership and to use this tool as an active form of research promotion and knowledge mobilization for your scholarship.

More information can be found on queensu.ca/gazette/media or in the attached “How to write for The Conversation” guide. Should you have any questions about The Conversation model or how to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Melinda Knox, Associate Director, Research Profile and Initiatives at knoxm@queensu.ca or ext. 79653.

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