Category Archives: journal

who wants to read about my place?

I’ve recently been in Iceland working on an academic writing course. The participants were doctoral researchers. They came with data that they wanted to turn into a peer reviewed paper. The majority of them were doing PhDs by publication so … Continue reading

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does your paper have a clear ‘take home message’?

OK, so ‘take-home-message’ is a pretty hackneyed phrase. However, in the case of writing journal articles (and thesis chapters) it’s pretty apt. It’s a handy way of thinking about – and really focusing on – what it is you want … Continue reading

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dealing with the cold calling journal

I’m just sitting down to have my evening meal. The phone rings. I answer with the usual “Hello”. There is a pause. Then a very obviously recorded message begins to try to sell me something I’m not interested in. It’s … Continue reading

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there’s no such thing as a free publication

This is a story told against myself. It’s about doing something that I really, really shouldn’t have done. Before I go on I will just say that the story is actually pretty trivial in the overall state of the world, … Continue reading

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a case of conflicting reviewer comments

So you’ve sent the paper into the journal and now the referee comments are in your in-box. You finally pluck up the courage to open the email and what do you find? Contradictory comments. Not helpful. Not at all. We … Continue reading

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seven reasons why journals reject papers

I’ve written about rejections several times, and most of this is scattered throughout the blog, so I thought it might be helpful to amalgamate the most important points together. All in one place. There are some very common reasons why … Continue reading

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should you, could you, would you… co-write with your supervisor?

It’s not hard to find a horror story or two about the PhD researcher who wrote something with their supervisor only to find when it was published that they weren’t given credit for the work. The supervisor put their name … Continue reading

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the cruel reviewer

It’s funny how the bad stuff sticks with you. I was thinking about this last week as I was giving feedback after a viva and hoping that the candidate was hearing all the good things and not just the small … Continue reading

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writing a journal article is managing a word budget – or not

We’ve all heard about the importance of balancing the household budget and the horrors of what happens when you get into debt. No, I’m not going off on a political rant here, just trying to connect academic writing with the … Continue reading

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day one writing course

My intention in these posts is simply to outline the activities in the course in case you want to try any of them for yourself. If I have time/energy I’ll add other bits too, but tonight is quite late and … Continue reading

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