The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: November 24, 2017

"Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions." ~Paulo CoelhoDuring this last full week of Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2017, we focused on sharing ideas. In this post, we share some of the top posts of the week including information on a new publishing company, what makes a good article title, how to express authorial presence, manuscript drafting advice, student reading patterns and OER, and tips for finishing your book. Paulo Coelho reminds us that “Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” This week, share your ideas and, as always, write. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 13, 2015

This week celebrated University Press Week. TAA_#ReadUPEven if you missed most of what this week offered, you can still join in on the live panel discussion It’s Not Scary: The Art of Getting Published with a Scholarly Press, today, Friday, November 13 at 12 p.m. ET, to gain “tips and strategies for working with scholarly presses on every step of the publication process—from proposal to sales and marketing.” You’ll also find a few articles highlighting university presses below (and of course other great articles on writing and publishing!).

Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: December 19, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is "Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." -Louis L'Amourhere and next week is Christmas. Which means not only the end of the semester for many of you, but also grading tests and papers for hours on end. I have many memories that involve my father sitting at our dining room table, stacks of papers piled around him, grading tests from the time he got home until late into the evening (I even got to help him from time to time). I know how crazy this time of year can be for academics, but hopefully amid the chaos you can still find a place of quietude for your writing.

Whether you just need a break from grading, are looking for ways to stay motivated or become a more productive writer, or want to learn more about the future of the monograph, you’ll find it here. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas. See you back here in 2015! And of course, happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: December 5, 2014

December has arrived which means cold Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter and a flurry not only of snow but also (for many of you) finals to give and grade and deadlines to meet before the semester ends. If you’re feeling the need for a little inspiration and motivation this week I think you’ll appreciate a few of the posts below. Or, maybe you just need a distraction from the chaos that this time of year often brings, to read a few current industry news items. Whatever brings you here, I hope that you’ll find these articles useful, informative, and inspirational. And as always, happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 24, 2014

This past week was Open Access Week. In honor of that open accessI’m sharing with you posts related to open access publishing. This list could be much longer, and just because open access week is coming to end doesn’t mean the conversation will (or need to) also end. Since I am focusing all of the “most useful” posts on open access this week, expect next week’s list to be twice as useful! Keep the conversation going by following us on Twitter: @TextandAcademic and also by leaving your thoughts in the comments area below. Happy writing! [Read more…]

Beware of spam email from predatory journal publishers

Predatory PublishersTAA member Laura Frost recently received an email from a journal soliciting a paper based on her 2014 TAA Conference presentation. Since she had attended a session at the TAA conference presented by Jeffrey Beall, who discussed predatory journal publishers, she looked up the journal on Beall’s website, Scholarly Open Access, and found that this particular journal was listed as a predatory publisher.

She brought this to our attention and we have asked Beall to use the email she received to illustrate how to identify a predatory publisher from such emails. View email Frost received (highlighted text illustrates some of Beall’s identifiers)

“Many of the predatory publishers are in fact counterfeit publishers, and are very skilled at making themselves appear to be legitimate publishers,” said Beall. “Consequently, making a judgment about a publisher based only on a sample of its spam may not provide enough information to make a good decision.” [Read more…]

6 Ways to identify predatory open access journal publishers

Predatory open-access journal publishers have increased exponentially in recent years, and a new publisher can be created in a single day, said Jeffrey Beall, a scholarly librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, and author of Scholarly Open Access, a blog that tracks and critically analyzes questionable open access publishers and journals.

To help you avoid becoming a target of one of these predatory publishers, Beall offers 6 warning signs to help you identify them: The journal does not identify a formal editorial/review board.

View Beall’s list of predatory publishers on his blog, Scholarly Open Access.

Author Beware: Predatory scholarly journals, Insights on OA predatory publishing from Jeffrey Beall

Jeffrey Beall

Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver

The increase in popularity of online scholarly journals has given rise to new open-access publishing models, including the gold open-access model, in which authors often pay to have their accepted papers published. While there are advantages to this model, according to Jeffrey Beall, author of Scholarly Open Access, a blog which tracks and critically analyzes questionable online open-access journal publishers, some online journals are exploiting this model by engaging in predatory practices that defraud authors and dilute the quality of the corpus of scholarly literature.

During his 2013 TAA Conference presentation, “A Primer on Predatory Open-Access Scholarly Publishers”, Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver, outlined several disadvantages to the gold open-access publishing model that have opened the door for predatory publishers to abuse the model for their own profit. [Read more…]