Category Archives: Publishing

Forthcoming publications and some preprints

I’ve updated the list of forthcoming publications and provided links to some preprints. For published work, see separate pages for articles and chapters, (some)books, interviews, and audio and video.  

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Neil Smith, “The Concepts of Devaluation, Valorization and Depreciation in Marx: Towards a Clarification”

Neil Smith’s essay, “The Concepts of Devaluation, Valorization and Depreciation in Marx: Towards a Clarification”, is published in Human Geography. Don Mitchell provides a great introduction, discussing why the piece was never published in Smith’s lifetime. You can download the … Continue reading

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List of OA journals in geography, political ecology, and various social sciences

Simon Batterbury’s list of OA journals in geography, political ecology, and various social sciences has been updated, and includes some open access book publishers at the foot of the page.

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Three linked posts on peer review delays – the role of editors, of reviewers, and authors

Three linked posts on peer review delays – the role of editors, of reviewers, and authors. If you read one, read them all – they all begin with the same problem, but this is a system. There is some good … Continue reading

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Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets?

Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets? I don’t mean the prose style is unreadable (though it might be), but I’m thinking of the outlets they chose to publish in. Obviously, I recognise that the ‘gold standard’ for … Continue reading

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Elsevier buy Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

News yesterday that Elsevier had bought Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has caused a lot of controversy. SSRN is used to share work in progress, Elsevier is a controversial publisher with expensive subscriptions. The Duck of Minerva has one take on … Continue reading

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David Beer, In defence of writing book reviews

David Beer, ‘In defence of writing book reviews’ in The Times Higher Education. A very good piece, which makes a plea for the importance of this engagement. I know, as a former book review editor, how difficult it can be to … Continue reading

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What counts as academic writing?

Raul Pacheco-Vega has another interesting post about writing, this time asking ‘What counts as academic writing?‘ He begins by talking of his daily practice: Because I need the peace of mind of having accomplished something every day, I write every day, … Continue reading

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You can’t polish a turd, but you can edit one – the importance of early drafting

I’ve frequently written about writing on this site, and also in the How we Write collection. I usually begin by saying that while there is no one correct way to write, there are ways that are better or worse for individuals. My own practice, learned … Continue reading

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Workload survival guide for academics – advice in the Times Higher Education

Workload survival guide for academics – advice in the Times Higher Education. I have a short piece in there on making time for writing; good contributions on saying ‘no’ to opportunities, referee reports, committee work, etc.

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