Category Archives: Writing

“Remember a condition of academic writing is that we expose ourselves to critique” – 15 steps to revising journal articles

“Remember a condition of academic writing is that we expose ourselves to critique” – 15 steps to revising journal articles – useful advice from the LSE blog. (There is a page on this site which collects my own previous posts … Continue reading

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Notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory

Some notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory – via The Sociological Imagination. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of scholars who, by any conventional standard, are very productive and they aren’t stuffing the CV with obscure publications. And I’ve … Continue reading

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A response to the publishing advice from yesterday from David Enoch

A few people didn’t like the publishing advice I linked to yesterday, so here’s a response from the same blog, the Daily Nous, from David Enoch. But do look at the comments to the original post, where Jason Brennan responds … Continue reading

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A great comment from a university press editor on publishing

A great comment to Productive in Publishing (guest post by Jason Brennan) at the Daily Nous. Matt McAdam ·November 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm I think this is all very good advice, and I also think those who find it … Continue reading

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Alistair Fraser on ‘Writing a book’

At the Maynooth Geography blog, Alistair Fraser reflects on ‘Writing a book‘. He’s just published Global Foodscapes: Oppression and resistance in the life of food, which looks interesting, but the reflections and advice are general and should be useful to many people embarking on … Continue reading

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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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Three pieces on work patterns

Three interesting pieces on work patterns – one on how to work alone (99u), one on what can actually be done in the academic summer (Daily Nous); and on making a realistic plan (Jo VanEvery).

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Foucault: The Birth of Power Update 15 – revision and resubmission of the manuscript, and table of contents

While I had made some changes to the manuscript after submission, and again after receiving the reports, on Sunday evening I finished four long days of thoroughly revising the text and resubmitted it to the publisher. Just as I was beginning … Continue reading

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Another long day revising Foucault: The Birth of Power

Another long day revising Foucault: The Birth of Power. Further work restructuring the introduction and some rewriting, and a bit more tweaking in the conclusion. Some of this is undoing the work done over the past couple of days and … Continue reading

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