How to write an effective journal article abstract

Hand extended welcominglyHave you heard the saying “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”? For most research articles, the abstract is the first – and possibly the last – impression an author has on a potential reader. If ineffective, the researcher will move on to the next abstract in the search results. If effective, your article will be read further, and potentially cited in the new research.

The ability of your abstract to encourage the researcher to read further determines whether you have an opportunity to make an impact with your article. So how do you ensure a quality first impression? [Read more…]

Build a better plan: How to bounce back when your semester feels out of control

Get Back on TrackIt’s the middle of the semester. You want to spend all your time writing but you have to grade midterms. You’re not nearly as far along in your articles as you want to be – that manuscript you said you’d submit in February is still sitting on your desk. There’s no end in sight – completing it seems like a distant goal. What do you do?

Good news…You’re not the only one who’s feeling discouraged because you didn’t finish a project when you thought you would. People grossly underestimate the time it takes to complete a project, and this is especially the case for complex projects. [Read more…]

Common errors leading to journal article rejection

Red pen correcting paperAccording to the American Psychological Association’s Summary Report of Journal Operations, 2016, the 29 journals included in the report received a combined total of 12,166 submitted manuscripts with an overall rejection rate of 71%. This means that on average less than 3 of every 10 submitted manuscripts is accepted for publication.

To better understand the common reasons journal articles are rejected, we sought the insight of several TAA members experienced in the academic journal article publishing process. [Read more…]

AcWriMo is here!

Male and female hands making notes or writing working planThe month of November is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo). Throughout the month, TAA will be sharing resources and information to support your academic writing efforts. Look for information shared by TAA on social media with #AcWriMo all month long and join the conversation. [Read more…]

Recommended Reading for Academic Writers


Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar by Tara Gray

Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation
by Sonja Foss and William Waters

Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing
 by Patricia Goodson

Journal Keeping: How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change
by Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper

Writing for Publication: Road to Academic Advancement
by Kenneth Henson

Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing by Robert Boice

Academic Writing: Individual and Collaborative Strategies for Success (The New Forums Scholarly Writing Series) by Ed Neal

How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
by Paul J. Silvia

Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) by John M. Swales and Christine Feak

“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition)
by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

Stylish Academic Writing by Helen Sword

Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Laura Belcher

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb and Josephe M. Williams 

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker

Telling a Research Story: Writing a Literature Review (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) by Christine Feak and John M. Swales

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Howard S. Becker and Pamela Richards

Publish and Flourish: A Practical Guide for Effective Scientific Writing by Amar A. Scholapurkar, K Ramnarayan and Shobha Tandon

Working with Faculty Writers by Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice

Handbook for Academic Authors by Beth Luey

Publish and Prosper: A Strategy Guide for Students and Researchers
by Nathaniel M. Lambert

147 Practical Tips for Emerging Scholars: From Publishing to Time Management, Grant Seeking, and Beyond by Kathleen King and Ann Cranston-Gingras

PhD: An uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life by James Hayton, PhD

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