Doctoral and early career researchers are always encouraged to present their work in conferences, and often the earlier the better. The reasons usually offered are that the conference paper offers an opportunity to communicate about your research and it allows you to test out your arguments and get feedback .  Another reason that is given is that the conference offers the opportunity to perform, behave like and talk like, assume the identity of expert scholar….

However it’s important to remember that there are generally four or five or even six texts involved in developing a conference paper, not just one! – so the answer to the question above is ALWAYS. The texts are:

  1. The abstract for the conference.
  2. The abstract that is written to go into the conference programme
  3. The conference paper itself; this may or may not be refereed as a discrete text
  4. The powerpoint or other display you…

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