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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: July 24, 2015

Wouldn’t it be nice if in fact inspiration truth is... inspiration doesn't always just stike when we need itwould strike at just the very moment we need it? Sometimes I like to live in the delusion that it will, but really, it’s often deadlines that spark the most “inspiration.” Maybe you know this feeling too. We can try and force inspiration (like a deadline), but really it is in the moments that we aren’t looking for it that inspiration strikes. Maybe that is the key—to not go looking for it—to let it come on it’s own. Or, if all else fails follow the brilliant advice of Peter De Vries, “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.

Happy writing!

How should we treat those taken in by predatory journals?
What happens to authors that unknowingly publish their journal article in a predatory journal? Can the author and will a legitimate journal allow them to republish that same article?

When Do Citations Reflect “Impact?”
Karin Wulf explores how much citations truly equate to impact. This is a thoughtful and interesting read. After reading this piece, do you view your use of citations differently?

Peer review of writing: the mechanics of how
This piece offers great advice for both giving and asking for feedback. You will find questions to ask reviewers of your writing and also what you should keep in mind when reviewing someone else’s work.

Why academia needs emotional, passionate women
What is your stance on emotions in academia? This article, in less than a day, has been shared over 2,000 times. Based on the comments, academics seem to either strongly agree or disagree with the author. I have to agree with author, Karen O’Donnell that, “Being passionate about your research is a great motivator.” I think passion in any area of life offers motivation.

How to take a break from writer’s block
I love the style of James Chartrand’s writing, not mention she also offers excellent advice on writer’s block. You could do as Chartrand suggests and “search the internet for voodoo mind tricks” to beat writer’s block, or you could just read her post.

Easy as pie? How a PhD, & other complex work, is like a cake
This is your fun, yet relevant, read for the week. If you love food like I do (and food photos), you will enjoy this metaphor of cake and thesis writing. Warning: you may be drooling by the end. 😉