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The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: March 23, 2018

"I've discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing." ~Anna QuindlenThis week our collection of articles from around the web begins with advice on staying informed about scholarly communications and the opportunities existing in the global e-book market. We then found support for your writing with The Monthly Weeklies online group for goal setting and project management, ten steps for doing a literature review, and advice on writing research questions. Closing out our list this week are two posts regarding research ethics, including a list of Open Access ethics resources for researchers.

As you continue researching and writing, consider this advice from Anna Quindlen — “I’ve discovered that sometimes writing badly can eventually lead to something better. Not writing at all leads to nothing.” This week, write something. It might just lead to something better.

How do you stay informed about scholarly communications?

Back in October of 2014, we asked the Chefs how they stay informed about scholarly publishing. Since several years have passed, we were curious if any of the Chefs had found new channels of information or new ways to effectively digest all that is going on around us. We also thought that it was past time to broaden the question and consider all of scholarly communications, not just publishing.

Global e-book market opportunities 2018

The report on Global E-Book Market provides a comprehensive analysis and industry insights from experts. The report analysis is based on a systematic and detailed segmentation of the Global E-Book market. Furthermore, the E-Book report also covers the sub-segments, if applicable. The report includes details such as region-wise leading E-Book markets and the emerging markets, along with E-Book market growth statistics in terms of revenue during the forecast period.

Goal-setting with a group: The Monthly Weeklies

What are you working on? What do you want to achieve by the end of the month? And what do you need to do this week to reach those goals? Many people are familiar with this approach to time and project management. But sorting out what you need to do is one thing, while actually following through is quite another!

10 Steps for doing a literature review

“A literature review is not necessarily the easiest thing to do,” says Dr. Zina O’Leary, “but it is something that you can tackle if you’re systematic.” And so in this video O’Leary, a senior fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and author of several SAGE Publishing texts including The Essential Guide to Doing Your Research Projectoffers 10 tips for systematically addressing this fundamental if sometimes unsexy part of the research process.

Bad research questions

Writing a research question is hard. And it takes time. Often much more time that you might think. The research question is really important as it underpins your research design. And your  design allows you to find an answer or answers to the question(s) you have posed. And that of course is what matters. You’ve been enrolled on a PhD and/or funded to find the answer(s).

Research ethics in an ethics-challenged world

Ethics and scholarly research are inextricably linked. But it is not always obvious what ethical research means  and how we go about ensuring that our studies are conducted and disseminated ethically.

Open Access ethics resources for researchers

Are you grappling with research ethics? If so, fear not, for there are numerous free resources online to help you. Here are some examples.