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Research Paper Clinics


Whether you are considering applying for a PhD or are on your way to a breakthrough in your field, it always helps to get some expert advice on your work. This year, with the support of the Department of Applied Linguistics academic staff, WICAL is offering young scholars the opportunity to get valuable feedback on their research.

The purpose of the Research Paper Clinics is to receive feedback on your work from a distinguished academic in your field with the aim of developing it into a full research paper. You will receive written feedback as well as attend a one-on-one online session where you will be able to discuss your work.

Potential participants will need to submit a short research paper beforehand. This work needs to demonstrate your main arguments and show the potential for the development of a full research paper.

How it Works 
  1. Register for a Three-Day ticket for WICAL 2021.
    • All Three-Day ticket holders are eligible to register to take part in a one-to-one Research Paper Clinic. 
  2. Register for the Research Paper Clinic by May 20th, 2021, 11:59 pm (GMT).
    • You will need to submit a research paper you would like to get feedback on.
  3. By June 10th 2021, 11:59 pm (GMT), all applicants will be notified of the result of their application. 
    • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  4. All successful applicants will be contacted to schedule a one-to-one online Research Paper Clinic in the weeks leading up to the Conference (mid- to late June 2021). 


Submission Guidelines 

Please, ensure that your research paper submission meets the following requirement:  

  • It focuses on at least one of our Conference’s core topics: Discourse Analysis, English and other language(s) teaching, Intercultural Communication.
    • To ensure that applicants can fully benefit from the Paper Clinics, only research falling within the scope of our core topics and our Department’s research expertise will be considered. For more details, please, refer to the list of our Department’s staff running Research Paper Clinics (below).
  • It outlines your main arguments and methods and shows the potential for the development into a full research paper.
  • It is a maximum of 3500 words (excluding references and appendices).
  • It is a Word (.doc) document, in Calibri or Arial font (size 12, line spacing 1.5). 


For additional recommendations on what you could include in your research paper, please, refer to the APA style Journal Article Reporting Standards corresponding to your research methods type:


Our Academic Staff

Find out more about the research expertise of Warwick's Department of Applied Linguistics academic staff running the Research Paper Clinics:

Daniel Dauber

Associate Professor

Katharina Lefringhausen

Assistant Professor

Troy McConachy

Troy McConachy

Associate Professor

Neil Murray


Annamaria Pinter

Reader / Director of

Graduate Studies

Stephanie Schnurr

Associate Professor

Sue Wharton

Associate Professor




This form is closed and is no longer accepting any submissions. Thank you for your time.

Important Dates

Registration deadline:

May 20th 2021 11:59 pm (GMT). 

Notification of acceptance:

June 10th 2021. 

Register for a Three-Day ticket here.


For more information or any questions about Research Paper Clinics, please get in touch with our Paper Clinics Co-ordinator, Valentina Bartali, through the email