Writing blogs

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 […]

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|

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 […]