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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: October 20, 2017

"Writing is more than a craft; it is a way of life. Everything you see or do becomes part of what you write." H.P. OliverH. P. Oliver shared that “Writing is more than a craft; it is a way of life. Everything you see or do becomes part of what you write.” While you have been busy writing this week, we’ve kept record of some noteworthy articles you may not have seen. Below you will find articles from the past week on understanding research metrics, when to write a press release, the future of open access publishing, considerations when writing a conference paper, barriers to research collaboration, peer review systems, and the ongoing discussion of traditional vs digital textbook materials. As you enter the week ahead, I hope you find ways to improve your writing, and therefore, your way of life.

Understanding research metrics: journal-level, article-level, and author-level

In this article, three metrics are described: journal-level, article-level, and author-level. Each of these has a specific impact. It is helpful to familiarize yourself with each to help you reach your research goals.

When to write a press release

Being nominated for an award isn’t newsworthy from a media standpoint. Winning an award is, however. With that in mind, this article shares a list of situations when you might want to write and send a press release to relevant media outlets.

Ask the chefs: where does Open Access go from here?

In this article, nine people share opinions on the future of Open Access (OA) publishing answering the question, “Where does Open Access go from here?”

a conference paper? it may be five texts, not one…

“It’s the word paper that’s deceptive. Paper. One. Only one. But writing and giving a conference paper is actually a lot of work.” This article outlines the work involved in developing a conference paper. Worth a read as “conference season” starts.

Barriers to research collaboration: are social scientists constrained by their desire for autonomy?

With potential benefits including increased chances of funding, visibility, and impact, why, asks Jenny M. Lewis, are social scientists not embracing collaboration more?

Publication by chance

New simulation study says peer review is better at assuring quality research than random publication choices, but some systems of review are significantly better than others. Editors seen as more effective than peer-review panels alone.

Angela Farmer: textbooks vs electronic tools

The frequently debated topic focuses on whether to stick with traditional, textbook delivery of the plethora of heavy, hardback books which, in certain STEM fields, are antiquated almost as soon as they are received or to migrate toward digital book delivery to keep pace with the 21st century of online information access.