Monthly Archives: March 2012

finding the right writing time/place

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it, the rest of me is on the draining board. This is how Dodie Smith began I capture the castle, a journal-style novel about a teenager … Continue reading

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early career researchers and the high impact journal

I was recently on a shortlisting panel for the three year postdoctoral fellowships offered by my university. Each of the five faculties had produced their own priority list from which the panel was to choose a subset to be interviewed. … Continue reading

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what’s at stake for an early career researcher in going for publication in a top ranked journal ?

I often get asked in workshops whether early career researchers should aim to get into a top journal. I want to give the first two parts of my answer in this post. My first response – WHO IS SAYING THIS … Continue reading

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doing the literature review – thinking about patterns and groups

If you’ve ever watched small children playing then you’ll know that one of the things that they do is to sort things into groups. A bunch of coloured pens, pencils and markers can be sorted by type, colour, size, shape, … Continue reading

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beginning the literature review – taking notes

The purpose of the literature review shapes the way that noting is done. And the purpose is to situate your study in the field – that is, to establish a space for the work you are going to do – … Continue reading

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