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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: November 6, 2015

"It doesn't matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again." -Charles Kettering“It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.” –Charles F. Kettering

Just because your manuscript was rejected, doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea of being published. In fact, many studies have shown that articles that have been rejected are still published. One statistic claims that 72 percent of articles rejected by the American Journal of Public Health were subsequently published in other journals. Several other studies indicate that 20 percent of published articles were first rejected. So don’t give up! You only fail if you stop trying. Happy writing!

Occupational Hazard for Authors: Sitting
Kevin Patton adds a bit of wit, but most importantly solid advice, for an author’s biggest risk—prolonged sitting. I not only encourage you to read this piece, but to stand as much as you can—at a countertop, at your desk, walking on a treadmill—while writing. ?

3 Tactics to Increase Writing Productivity
Meggin McIntosh shares three tactics to get you writing. I especially think that her second bit of advice is something to practice to keep you writing.

We Need to Talk About Writing
You may find the struggles expressed in this piece similar to your own. Similarly, you may also find the suggestions for overcoming those struggles useful. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to join the #AcWriMo movement. You will find great resources, accountability, and support for your writing.

why do I feel afraid to share my journal paper with the wider world? is this Imposter Syndrome?
Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? What did you do to overcome it? This anonymous PhD researcher is hoping you will share your experience and advice with her.

In praise of academic jargon
Besides the fact that this article starts off discussing coffee—one of my favorite things—it also is a thoughtful piece on academic jargon and it’s place in academia. It’s a post in response to the recent article, The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing.

3 Techniques for Writing Productively
Another excellent post by Meggin McIntosh that I highly suggest you read. I love her third piece of advice! It will make you re-think how to reward yourself.

What a Mass Exodus at a Linguistics Journal Means for Scholarly Publishing
This article highlights the recent resignations of six editors and 31 editorial-board members from Elsevier’s Lingua, a prominent linguistics journal. I encourage you to also read the comments (below the article) and add your own thoughts on open access.

National Novel Writing Month Survey Results: INFOGRAPHIC
The beauty of infographics is that they are both fun and informational. Don’t you agree?! What surprised you about the information shared in this infographic?