Contributor: Maroof Ahmed | Editor: Supriyono
UIII.AC.ID, DEPOK - The Faculty of Education (FoE) at Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) recently hosted an enlightening LunchTalk featuring Dr. Siti Nadya Zynuddin, a renowned academic from Universiti Malaya, where she captivated attendees with her comprehensive insights into the journey from systematic literature reviews (SLR) to successful journal article publication.
Dr. Zynuddin opened her lecture by emphasizing the critical role of identifying gaps in existing research, highlighting the scarcity of SLR articles in research areas aimed to be published in good journals. She reflected on her work ‘The relationship between school climate and students’ non-cognitive skills: A systematic literature review’ published in Heliyon, as an example of filling such a gap.
Transitioning to the writing process, Dr. Zynuddin shared her methodical approach. "Read other SLR articles from good journals in my field, learn about SLR techniques, and search for articles guided by the PRISMA method," she advised. She underscored the importance of critical analysis and writing, "Analyzing the findings and asking 'so what?' about them helped me articulate the uniqueness of my study".
In academia, challenges are inevitable. Dr. Zynuddin candidly spoke about facing time constraints and rejections, common hurdles in the publication process. She stressed the importance of resilience, "Rejections and major revisions are part of the peer review process," reflecting the reality of academic publishing.
Dr. Zynuddin also shared strategies for overcoming setbacks. "Upgrade your article content, find other similar SLR articles, and attend related PhD classes to learn new knowledge," she recommended. Her mantra, "Never give up, you’ll be there," served as a motivational beacon for aspiring researchers.
Concluding the lecture, Dr. Zynuddin reflected on her journey, emphasizing continuous learning, seeking help from mentors, and never giving up in the face of rejection. Her insights provided a roadmap for emerging academics in their pursuit of successful publication.
Dr. Siti Nadya Zynuddin's lecture aligns with UIII's commitment to academic excellence. It was a testament to the resilience and dedication required in scholarly pursuits. Her experience and guidance are invaluable for students and faculty at UIII, who are navigating the complexities of academic research and publication. Her journey from identifying a research gap to successful publication serves as an inspiring template for academic perseverance and success. Her contribution to guiding future researchers is a significant addition to the field of academic research and education.