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kit for the portable academic…

I’m currently doing a week of intense ethnographic research at Tate. It’s one of my favourite times of the year because I get to be a real researcher for more than half a day at a time. Because I live … Continue reading

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creativity and academic writing – an oxymoron?

I’ve been pondering the question of creativity in academic writing. One of my research interests is creative pedagogies, including but by no means exclusively in the arts. I’ve been thinking that I ought to say more about creativity in relation … Continue reading

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academic writers need a dictionary

When I began my PhD, my partner bought me a dictionary. A very big dictionary. I wasn’t quite sure that I needed it, since I was after all an English major and I read prolifically. However I did use it. … Continue reading

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learning to accept reviewer feedback as a gift

This is guest post from Dr Liz Bennett. Liz is a Senior Lecturer at University of Huddersfield. She completed her doctorate in September 2012 and has submitted a couple of papers to journals based on chapters from her thesis. Here … Continue reading

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things they don’t tell you about writing

a joint post by Inger Mewburn, the Thesis Whisperer, and Pat Thomson Did you plan to be a professional writer? Most academics we meet in our work don’t. What usually draws people to academia is teaching. When you think about … Continue reading

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concluding the journal article

The conclusion to a journal article is very important. Of course, it’s hard to end things. There’s no equivalent in the journal article to the text message that says you’re dumped… or more elegantly, reader I married him. It’s important … 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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