Tag Archives: publishing

The publication game: how to write an academic article

The publication game: how to write an academic article

Title This must be in two parts, separated by a colon. The fragment before the colon uses a colloquial expression preferred by your research subjects, something grammatically dubious and profane. This is placed in quotation marks to demonstrate your personal distance from it. The short sentence after the colon establishes your knowledge of the chosen […] … learn more→

How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

How to turn your PhD into a book – part three

This is part three of my series on academic book publishing. The aim of this series is to take you through the process of turning your PhD into a book – or perhaps writing a new book in the early part of your career. Not all academic disciplines are interested in book publishing and look […] … learn more→

How to turn your PhD into a book – part two

How to turn your PhD into a book – part two

If you missed the last installment; step one can be found here – I recommend reading this post first Step Four: Don’t be an academic asshole about it It’s highly likely, unless you did the slightly less cold call approach descibed in my previous post, that you won’t get a fast answer to your initial pitch to an […] … learn more→

Hybrid journals can advance the move towards full open access

Hybrid journals can advance the move towards full open access

At this year’s EuroScience Open Forum conference in Toulouse, Carlos Moedas, the European Union commissioner for research, science and innovation, called for a new social contract between citizens, governments and science. After the announcement on Horizon Europe, Mr Moedas said that if “you receive public money, you must publish with open access. We cannot continue […] … learn more→

A book from blog posts?

A book from blog posts?

Maybe you have been harbouring secret thoughts about getting a book from those blog posts that you’ve been writing. I think about it too, occasionally, as patter is now several books worth of words. Well, before you take the plunge, it’s worth just thinking about blogging and book writing. What do they have in common? […] … learn more→

Want to be a successful academic? It’s all about getting published

Want to be a successful academic? It’s all about getting published

Whether we like it or not, published research remains one of the significant benchmarks by which academics are measured. So from the perspective of science and the social sciences, how does the postdoctoral researcher (or temporary lecturer) go about achieving this? I want to focus on three linked areas that are based around work, publication […] … learn more→

Pressure to publish is choking the academic profession

Pressure to publish is choking the academic profession

The southern hemisphere’s cold weather is a certain signal that winter conference season is upon us. In the coming weeks academics – from many disciplines – will be spending freezing nights in student dorms and days exchanging disciplinary gossip on the plight of the universities and on what is new in their chosen field. But […] … learn more→

From blog to book (a consolation for rejected authors everywhere)

From blog to book (a consolation for rejected authors everywhere)

To be honest, I am a reluctant blogger. Although, my blog Academic Diary  established itself quickly with on-line readers when it first appeared in 2011, I always intended these short essays on university life – from PhD Supervision to the challenges of academic writing – to be published as a book. Blogging was actually a […] … learn more→

In fight over academic publishing house, fear of corporate values

In fight over academic publishing house, fear of corporate values

When Ashgate Publishing was bought last summer by Informa, a large corporation, some academics feared for its future. What would happen to the family-owned publishing house, which had spent four decades building a reputation for social responsibility and close relationships with its authors? In November those fears started coming true. According to a Change.org petition […] … learn more→

Book blog – our endgame revision and proofing

Barbara and I are now on final descent with our new writing book, Detox your writing. We’ll have it to the publisher sometime next week. Yippee. Our process of final revision and proof-reading has been in several stages. About three weeks ago I amalgamated all of our ten separate chapters into one text. I put […] … learn more→