Monthly Archives: September 2011

writer’s block – can’t write/won’t write

Many researchers see writing as a chore, as something to be done after the fun part of generating and analysing data. Even though they know that putting analysis into words and a textual genre is part of the process of … Continue reading

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‘signposting’ your journal articles and chapters

Many early journal writers are asked to put more signposting into their articles. Indeed, journal editors often list lack of signposting as a reason for requesting revisions.   So what is signposting and why is it needed? Signposting is the … Continue reading

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one reason why journal articles get rejected

Editors of journals suggest that one of the major problems they see in submitted articles is a lack of focus. They observe that too many writers try to say ‘everything’, and this means that they end up saying ‘nothing’. In essence a … Continue reading

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answering audience questions at conferences

As it is now conference season in Europe it seemed appropriate to focus on one of the things that less experienced presenters worry about – what to do if there are tricky questions to answer from the audience.  By and … Continue reading

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