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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: February 20, 2015

Another chilly week here in Wisconsin,if you're tired of starting over, stop giving up and more snow for the east coast—both great excuses to stay in and write. Did you accomplish your writing goals this week? What about your writing resolutions? Have you stayed on track or have you veered off onto a side road where the going is slow? It’s never to late to get back on the main road; to get back on track with your writing and keep working towards your goals.

One of my favorite quotes is one that pertains to all aspects of life and that’s why I’m sharing it with you this week: “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” It’s that easy and it’s that hard. You can do it, though, just refocus and recommit to your goals. And, as always, happy writing!

From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now
Still think Twitter is a waste of time? What if a tweet could lead to a peer-reviewed published article? Today’s digital era is making this possible. Which means that how scholars interact and collaborate is changing. This is a must read for all scholars.

#AdviceForYoungAcademics: THE-initiated Twitter trend takes off
And in case you didn’t believe me with the above post (that Twitter can in fact be useful and not a waste of time, plus a new way for scholars to interact), here is a second reference for my argument. Ready to start a Twitter account? Click here to learn how to create an account and start tweeting!

Truly Brief Communications
David Harris felt there was a problem with scientific publishing. So he developed a platform to solve this problem. Curious what this is all about? You’ll just have to read this article. 😉

thesis know how – beware the quote dump
As always, Pat Thomson offers useful, practical advice for anyone writing a thesis paper. This particular piece is all about quotes—best practices and things to avoid.

Nature journals offer double-blind review
In case you missed it, Nature announced that beginning in March they will offer authors the option of having their names and affiliations withheld from reviewers. This type of peer review is known as “double blind”. Reasons for Nature’s move to this method and how it will work for authors wishing to use this method are discussed.

Path to the Prospectus
Seven great bits of advice are given about writing and revising a prospectus from Emily VanBuren, a PhD student in History at Northwestern University (@emilydvb). Number six is probably my favorite, but all are really great and well worth reading.

Book review: The Unruly PhD
This is actually a book review by Jennifer Polk on, The Unruly PhD: Doubts, Detours, Departures, & Other Success Stories. I think if you’re feeling the need to read stories that may resonate with your own academic life, this sounds like the book to read. I haven’t personally read the book, but after reading this review I’m definitely intrigued.

Sudan government bans Sudanese Writers Union
This is an industry news piece that I think is important for anyone reading this blog to be aware of. Please show your support of the Sudanese Writers Union by clicking the link above and writing your supportive comments in the section below the post.