The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: October 5, 2018

"Don't let your fears overwhelm your desire." ~Sheryl SandbergThis week’s collection of posts from around the web begins with three “part two” editions of some useful blog series on dissertation writing, turning your PhD into a book, and ethical principles for independent researchers. We then include articles with insight on how the individual author is part of a larger authoring system and how to develop effective visualizations that say something solid. We close out the list with some industry news and advice on the single project awarded $4.9M in federal funding, research for social good, and the ongoing publisher battle against ResearchGate.

When facing big issues like those addressed in this week’s collection, fear can sometimes undermine success, so as you head forth this week, remember the words of Sheryl Sandberg who said, “Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire.” Happy writing! [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: August 17, 2018

"Writing is its own reward." ~Henry MillerFor many of our readers, the academic school year is back in session (or soon will be) and, as a result, our academic writing efforts may be rekindled or, in some cases, complicated by the schedule the academic calendar brings. If the summer “break” has derailed your writing efforts, the first two articles in our collection may provide advice for getting things back on track as you establish a new routine.

If, however, routine isn’t the challenge, perhaps one of the other topics in this week’s list offers guidance. Covered below are topics of compensation for research efforts, OER opportunities in textbook publishing, academic challenges in the Global South, gender gap in citations, and predatory publishing. No matter the challenge you may face this week, remember the opportunity that exists when you write and the reason behind your efforts. As Henry Miller said, “Writing is its own reward.” This week be rewarded and happy writing! [Read more…]

4 Tips for writing a literature review

library stacksLiterature reviews are common elements in academic writing, found in dissertations or theses, but also in journal articles, book introductions, book chapters, and even course exercises. Despite its prevalence in academia, the process of writing a literature review is often daunting to an academic author.

In her recent TAA webinar, “Demystifying the Literature Review”, Dr. Daveena Tauber, founder of Scholar Studio, shared four tips that can make the process easier. [Read more…]

8 [MORE!] Academic writing blogs you should be following

Are you ready for more great academic writing blogs to follow?! blog logoThe original, 8 Academic writing blogs you should be following, was so popular (and continues to be) it seemed fitting to bring you a second addition—not to mention the fact that the blogs below are worthy of being followed! In no particular order, here are eight academic writing blogs that offer superb advice on everything academic writing and publishing related, plus life as an academic: [Read more…]

Registration is now open for TAA’s January dissertation writing boot camp

bootcampGain access to resources, accountability check-ins, and support and encouragement as you work to complete your dissertation, by joining us for TAA’s January Virtual Dissertation Writing Boot Camp, which will be held Saturday & Sunday, January 17-18, 2015.

This month’s boot camp will feature a 30-minute webinar presented by Ami Hanson, Editor and Content Specialist for Elite Research, LLC, entitled, “It’s All Greek to Me: Translating Statistical Writing”, where she will share ways to understand statistical writing, something that many writers of dissertations overlook. Registration deadline is January 12. Register [Read more…]

10 Gifts for writers this holiday season

It’s the time of year to seriously think about the gifts to Gift Boxgive this holiday season. I’ve complied a great list of gifts for writers, where you are sure to find a last-minute gift for that special someone, cross that always hard to buy for friend/relative/loved one/colleague off your list, or, just maybe, you are like me, with hardly any shopping done and feeling slightly overwhelmed that Christmas is a mere two weeks away (yikes!). The best part of Christmas–besides spending time with family and eating cookies–is giving gifts.

Whether you are looking for a practical gift (or a wacky gift) for the writer in your life, you’re sure to find at least one on this list. [Read more…]

Registration is now open for TAA’s October Virtual Dissertation Writing Boot Camp

bootcampGain access to resources, accountability check-ins, and support and encouragement as you work to complete your dissertation by joining us for TAA’s October Virtual Dissertation Writing Boot Camp. This third boot camp in a series of 9, will be held Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19. It will feature a 30-minute webinar presented by Meggin McIntosh, PhD, President of Emphasis on Excellence, Inc., entitled, “Ack! My Dissertation Feels Like a Bloated Elephant: Getting Your Dissertation Written One Bite at a Time”, that will offer ideas that you can use to conceptualize, plan, and manage your projects.  Registration deadline is October 15. Free for TAA members! Register [Read more…]

8 Academic writing blogs you should be following

BlogsWhen trying to find relevant articles to share on our Twitter feed I seem to always go back to the same blogs. These blogs (below) offer stellar advice for academic writing, from dissertations to journal articles, to book proposals and productivity. Here is my list of eight academic writing blogs you should be following:

The Thesis Whisperer—Developed ‘Shut up and Write!’ which “turns writing from a solitary, to a social experience.” You can either start a group near you or find a group in your area using their interactive map.

patter—Pat Thomson covers everything from thesis writing to journal etiquette and rejections, to how to get started on the page. I especially like Pat’s posts on writing for journals.

PhD2Published—This blog is packed with tips, so many that I’m not even sure where to start. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
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