This post is something I initially wrote for my newsletter. I had come across something that I wanted to write about even though I didn’t have a neat conclusion or lesson. I value freedom and autonomy. I know freedom and autonomy are important factors for many people who choose an academic career. I also value […]Read More »
Scholarly Publishing: a category in transition
Communicating your research knowledge to scholarly audiences. Books, journals, edited collections, etc. Selecting a journal or publisher. How publishing is used in evaluation processes.
Posts in this category will be edited and/or recategorized beginning in July 2015 as we move to a library of useful information.
When I talked to Katherine Firth, one of the things that came up was the frustration that comes from the writing process taking longer than expected. (The link goes right to the bit of the video where we talk about this.) This happens at all stages of the process because all academic writing projects are long […]Read More »
The 4th book in my Short Guides series, Peer Review (A Short Guide), was published on 15 November 2019. I occasionally offer a class, Dealing With Reviewer Comments, based on the principles elaborated in this book. The main thing I want this Short Guide to do is transform your view of peer review. Too often […]Read More »
It saddens and frustrates me that so many scholars lose sight of how meaningful their academic work is (or was) for them in the face of external pressures. Too often the collective process of advancing knowledge has been obscured by competitive pressures that lead to bullying and a distraction from the work itself to focus […]Read More »
Helen Kara has written a though provoking piece about citation and scholarly friends: To Cite or Not to Cite your Friends One of her scholarly interests is ethics so it’s not surprising that she would think about this in relation to the ethics of citation. Is citing your friends cronyism? Is it “gaming the system”? What […]Read More »
I have sent the full revised draft off to my editor and anticipate publishing this next volume in the Short Guides series in autumn 2019. [UPDATE: Peer Review (A Short Guide) was published on 15 November 2019 and can be ordered wherever you buy books.] The one sentence summary that has been guiding my revisions […]Read More »
I am tempted to put “Part 1” at the end of the title because I’m sure there are more, but since I have no intention of writing any more of this series at the moment, I’ll leave it. If you report your gremlin’s sneaky tricks in the comments or privately, I will add to the […]Read More »
What follows is a draft of one section of my next Short Guide, Peer Review. I approach peer review as primarily editorial labour with the goal of improving scholarship. I question the use of “gate keeping” as a metaphor for the role of peer reviewers in making recommendations to editors regarding publishing decisions while recognising […]Read More »
I want to write more about some of the practical applications of the general point I made in Communication vs Validation: Why are you publishing?. In particular, I want to connect my approach to writing and publishing with the larger themes of confidence and meaningfulness. This particular post began with a reply to a general question […]Read More »
The third volume in the Short Guides series will be published in January 2019. In Scholarly Publishing I focus on the big picture of publishing for scholarly audiences. After discussing the purpose of publishing for scholarly readers and what is meant by making a contribution to the advancement of knowledge, I look in detail at the main […]Read More »
I have written before about communication and validation in your publishing decisions and encouraged you to prioritize communication in your decision making process. In this post, I want to extend that argument using a recently published scholarly report as a jumping off point. (you can go read it and come back) Fyfe, A., et al. […]Read More »
Today is the publication date of the first in a series of Short Guides: The Scholarly Writing Process. It seems appropriate to tell you a bit about my own writing process and how this particular guide came to be. Beginnings Last spring I read a review of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic in Open Letters Monthly […]Read More »