Monthly Archives: August 2011

three stages of empirical analysis

It is often helpful to think about data analysis as needing at least two – and often three – stages.   Stage One: Descriptive.  What is there here? A summary of the data is generated – for example through thematisation of interview transcripts … Continue reading

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journal etiquette 2: what to do with a poor review

Ok. So your hard work hasn’t paid off. The article has come back from the journal and the referee comments are really critical and they are suggesting that you either give up or do a big rewrite. What do you … Continue reading

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the quotation sandwich

Mary Jane Curry (University of Rochester) recommended a text to me that people in her doctoral writing courses find helpful. Having now acquired it,  I agree with her recommendation. The book is: Graff, G and Birkenstein, C (2010) They say, … Continue reading

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the pleasure of texts…

I read some academic books for pleasure. Really weird eh, perhaps indicative of someone with a pretty sad life… well yes maybe, but that’s how it is. But there are some people whose writing has become, for me anyway, a … Continue reading

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journal etiquette 1

I’m often asked if it’s OK to submit  the same paper to more than one journal at the same time. I’m invariably told that it’s someone-that-they-know who always does this because then ‘they’ have a choice of which journal they … Continue reading

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