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Category Archives: authority in writing
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One of the things I’ve been trying really hard to get over is the notion of the doctoral ‘student’. This is by far the most common way to refer to people doing a PhD, and it’s pretty hard not to … Continue reading →
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Compared to – let’s say journalists for argument’s sake – we academics are generally a lot less prepared to say anything for absolute certain. Why do we do this? Do we simply love complexity and being vague? Well of course … Continue reading →
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There are some books that are important to your study and some that are critical to your ongoing research agenda, and some that you just love. There are also some writers whose work you want to know in great detail. … Continue reading →
So you’ve not written a lot of journal articles before, if any. Does this matter? Well not necessarily – but it might. When asked, journal editors almost always report that one of the major reasons for paper rejections is that … Continue reading →