Category Archives: journal

reviewing a journal article – are you Jekyll or Hyde?

So you’ve been sent a paper to review. Before you even start thinking about what to do, and before you start thinking about reading beyond the abstract, it’s a good idea to check the stance you are about to take. … Continue reading

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writing course – winding up

The last two days of the writing course. Most of the participants now have something that looks like a paper. They’ve got all of the relevant sections even if these are not all totally finished. Some sections may have pieces … Continue reading

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writing course – the conclusion

At last the end… but it’s not over yet. Finishing off a paper is always hard. Just when you’ve had about enough, you have to raise the energy and enthusiasm for more. The intellectual work you’ve been doing isn’t quite … Continue reading

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writerly, readerly and strategic – practices for getting published

Last week I had to give a very short talk about my top tips for early career publishing. In very abbreviated form, here are the first three things I said about some important scholarly practices that underpin successful writing and … Continue reading

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writing a journal article? start with the So What question

I’m running another writing course soon in Iceland and have been sorting through potential pre-reading material. In my file of pdfs I came across an editorial written by Neil Selwyn in the journal Learning, Media and Technology. The piece is … Continue reading

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structuring research articles

There’s a lot of conventional wisdom out there about how to write a publishable journal article. What do I mean by an academic journal article? Well, I think of an academic journal article as a reasoned presentation of material gained … Continue reading

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find some support from an academic writing broker

It’s hard when you first start out writing papers for journals. There are lots of decisions to make – Which journal? What topic will the editors be interested in? What style should the paper adopt? What will reviewers do? In … Continue reading

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