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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: February 19, 2016

“Like stretching before exercise, I start my writing day with a heavy edit and rewrite of my previous day’s work. That seamlessly catapults me into today’s writing.” – Jerry Jenkins
What sorts of strategies do you use to catapult you into your day’s writing? Do you do as Jerry Jenkins does and start the day with “a heavy edit and rewrite” of the “previous day’s work”? Maybe you do as Rachel Toor suggests: “leave off at a point where it will be easy to start again.” Rachel adds: “Some writers quit a session in the middle of a sentence; it’s always easier to continue than to begin.” Various other writers suggest using bullet points at the end of a writing session that point them in the direction they want the writing to go when they next return to it. Perhaps you have a completely different method altogether. If you do, I hope you will share it in the comments below this post. Happy writing!

Publishing your work – how to choose a journal
Not only does Warwick PhD graduate Georgina Collins share how to choose an appropriate journal for your paper, she also shares five excellent do’s and don’ts for starting your publishing journey.

The research Pitch
In this post you will learn expert tips on pitching your research proposal in an engaging way, based on Robert Faff’s “Pitching Research”.

Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge
Sci-Hub, the journal article pirate service, and the news about its creator Alexandra Elbakyan refusing to shut it down, have triggered much debate in the academic community this week. Therefore, this is a must read this week.

Librarians Find Themselves Caught Between Journal Pirates and Publishers
Librarians, scholarly publishing industry professionals, and scholars share their reactions regarding Sci-Hub illegally obtaining journal articles. This is a great follow-up article to the one above.

paper, thesis and book titles – think ‘key words’ and ‘the point’
Pat Thomson shares why constructing your title using keywords, while also having a specific “point”, is essential for your paper to be easily searchable and gain the attention of the reader to actually read it.

To Co-Author, or Not to Co-Author?
After taking into account Geoffrey Pullum’s side of “To Co-Author, or Not to Co-Author?”, do you agree with him or not?

Publish or Perish? Yes. Embrace It.
Can the “publish or perish” mantra of academia be viewed in a positive light? Should it be embraced? Yes, says Christopher Schaberg. Maybe after reading his reasons, you’ll be convinced to embrace it too.

How to Get Tenure
Stephen M. Walt shares his top ten things junior faculty need to know in order to gain tenure. Is there any other points you would add to this list?