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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 […]

Are you an academic hermit?

Here’s how to easily change, if you want to

In a recent study of The Impact of the Social Sciences a team of researchers that I lead tried to establish what made some academics well cited and well-regarded academically, and what also made them influential in spheres of life outside academia. To do this we created a stratified random sample […]

Writing informative abstracts for journal articles

Be substantive and communicate your key findings

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Reading the abstracts for academic journal abstracts can be as frustrating as trying to work out what their titles mean. In the same way that many PhDers and academics carefully choose useless titles for their papers or chapters, so it is common to find that journal article abstracts actually say […]

February 16th, 2014|Writing articles|0 Comments|
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    Why do academics and PhDers carefully choose useless titles for articles and chapters?

Why do academics and PhDers carefully choose useless titles for articles and chapters?

Six ways to get it wrong, and four steps to get it right

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When you want to get your paper or chapter read and appreciated by a wide audience, adopted for courses, and hopefully cited by great authors in good journals — in short, when you want to ‘sell’ your writing to colleagues — titles can play […]