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How to write a blogpost from your journal article

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One of the oddest things that people in academic life regularly say to me is: ‘I’m not paid to write blogposts, only research articles. If my department or the grant-funder wants to start paying me for doing posts, then that would be a different matter’. Or alternatively, the argument goes: ‘I just don’t have the […]

Should your academic CV (or résumé) go digital, at last?

To decide, think through how the university jobs process works now.

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Once you’ve recognized the distinctiveness of academic CVs or résumés, a key decision you need to make is whether you should go digital — and if so, in what ways? Most current academic CVs are resolutely non-digital, and are designed solely to be printed […]

Why academic CVs (or résumés) are distinctive

On the exceptionalism of academic CVs: objective, comprehensive, checkable in detail.

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The rules governing academic CVs (short for the Latin curriculum vitae in the UK, Europe and Australasia) and often called loosely called résumés in the USA, are complex. And they are generally different from those applying to all other spheres of the job market. […]

Assessing your research and publication choices

How an adapted ‘business model canvass’ may help.

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Every researcher and academic is like a one-person ‘start-up company’ to begin with, especially during their doctorate and possibly into their early post-doc phase. Indeed, perhaps researchers are always, at root, alone, having to make research choices for themselves that are also always life […]

Doing a Quick Literature Review

Four ways to better exploit digital era capabilities

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An elaborate literature review is an important stage in the development of almost all PhDs, and it is also a normal first step also in launching any new research project. There are two main versions.
Narrative reviews aim to give a ‘genetic’ account of the origins and development of understanding […]

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    Poor citation practices are a form of academic self-harm in the humanities and social sciences

Poor citation practices are a form of academic self-harm in the humanities and social sciences

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There is a huge gulf between many STEM scientists (in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and scholars in other disciplines in how often they cite other people’s research in explaining their own findings and arguments. My first chart shows that the citation rate (defined as total citations divided by the number of publications)is eight times greater […]

All academic books must go digital

How conservative publishers and authors risk killing off books and chapters across university social sciences and humanities.

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Four years ago, drawing up my reading lists for the new academic year, I realised with a start that I had almost stopped setting books altogether, in favour of journal articles. The reasons were simple. Students at the London […]

Shorter, better, faster, free

Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated.

One of the recurring themes (from many different contributors) on the LSE Impact of Social Science blog is that a new paradigm of research communications has grown up — one that de-emphasizes the traditional journals route, and re-prioritizes faster, real-time academic communication. Blogs play a critical intermediate role. They […]

September 11th, 2014|Writing blogs|0 Comments|
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    Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Seven upgrade strategies for a problematic article or chapter

Do one thing well. Flatten the structure. Say it once, say it right. Try paragraph re-planning. Make the motivation clearer. Strengthen the argument tokens. Improve the data and exhibits.

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I guess every researcher and academic writer has often faced the task of trying to upgrade a piece of work that just will not come out right. Sometimes […]

How should you be recording citations in the digital era?

Get prepared now for a move away ‘legacy’, print-orientated practices

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Academic references have stayed the same for too long, so that right across the world, and across most disciplines, students and academics are still solemnly recording useless citation information (e.g. place of publication for global publishers) and not recording vital information (e.g. where to access the open […]