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30 tips for successful academic research and writing

30 tips for successful academic research and writing
Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah Lupton explains how old-fashioned whiteboards and online networking go hand-in-hand, and offers advice for when it is time to just ‘make a start’ or go for a bike ride. As part of preparing for a workshop on academic publishing for early career academics, I jotted down some ideas and tips to share with the group which I thought I would post here. In the process of writing 12 books and over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters over a career which has mostly been part-time because of juggling the demands of motherhood with academic work, I have developed some approaches that seem to work well for me. These tips are in no particular order, apart from number 1, which I consider to be the most important of all. Planning your research schedule Making a start Connect for inspiration

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mobile.nytimes Photo Couch is a series about psychotherapy. Being the child of psychotherapists is no fun. How Grad Students Can Get Past 'The Nasty Stuff People Do' Here at Vitae, we go to a lot of academic conferences—and attend a lot of lectures, workshops, and other sessions—so you don’t have to. The Conferencegoer takes a periodic look at some of the helpful, unexpected, or otherwise interesting talks we sit in on. The conference: The Compact for Faculty Diversity’s annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring The location: Arlington, Va. The scene: The conference, in its 20th year, is the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. This year’s sessions touched on teaching millennials, designing syllabi, handling personality drama in departments and labs, and getting published.

A sociologist’s adventures in social media land Deborah Lupton was pleasantly surprised when her first step into online academic discussions was met with over 2,000 readers and many instructive comments. Here, she shows how online adventures can yield productive and creative results through easy engagements with academics online. Like many academics, I was quite oblivious to the virtues of using digital social media for professional purposes for rather a long time. Although I used Facebook for private reasons to keep in touch with family and friends, and had signed up to and LinkedIn to connect with other academics, for several years these were the only social media platforms I used. Then one day earlier this year the scales fell from my eyes.

The 10-Second Résumé Fix your résumé Let’s fix your résumé starting at the top with the Objective Statement. “Start with why”I’m a big fan of Simon Sinek, who wrote the book “Start With Why” (watch his TED talk). The Completion Agenda, Part 1 Graduate school, the job market, the tenure track, and every other stage in an academic career are so fraught with challenge that you cannot afford to dawdle too long on foolish ventures or waste time holding out for perfection when "pretty darn good" will do. The first supreme hurdle — the one that scares off many potential academics and cripples the progress of others — is, of course, the dissertation. What counts as a dissertation and how long you should take to complete it vary across disciplines, institutions, and committees. But that you must complete it — and that others must approve it before you can move on — is essential.

What do words want? Academics have a responsibility to send words well equipped into the world Struggling with the familiar sensation of fear when preparing to send a paper to publishers? Pat Thomson writes that writers have an obligation to let words go; finish off that paper and let your words be taken up and savoured by readers. It’s the only way to do justice to valuable academic ideas. In writing workshops I often come across people with conference and nearly final draft papers that they do not seem able to finish. The prospect of sending them out for review and possible publication just seems too hard, perhaps it’s just too scary. Whatever the reason, the papers just don’t get finished.

A few short movies to watch - Arbitrary Thoughts - Quora I have been watching short movies for the past week. Here are the best of the lot I have come across: 1. The Route V50 (starring Robert Downey Jr.)Genre: Sci-fi (time travel) A one-man journey about finding "Confidence". Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts Article abstracts typically say little about what the researcher has discovered or what the key findings are, what they are arguing as a ‘bottom line’, or what key ‘take-away points’ they want readers to remember. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts. Abstracts tend to be rather casually written, perhaps at the beginning of writing when authors don’t yet really know what they want to say, or perhaps as a rushed afterthought just before submission to a journal or a conference. Once an abstract exists, authors are also often reluctant to reappraise them, or to ask critically whether they give the best obtainable picture of the work done and the findings achieved. To counteract these problems the checklist below offers a structured set of suggestions for what an abstract should include, and what should be kept to a small presence. 1.

Turbulence Promoters in Membrane Processes - Journal of Membrane Science Svetlana Popović1, Matthias Wessling2 1Institute of Environmental and Chemical engineering, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentska 573, 53210 Pardubice, Czech Republic 2Aachener Verfahrenstechnik - Chemical-Process Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Türmstraße 46, D-52064 Aachen, Germany Despite major advances in the performance of available membrane materials, we are still facing the problems of concentration polarisation (CP) and/or fouling, especially in pressure driven membrane filtration processes. CP and fouling can be partially overcome by operating the process as cross-flow (tangential flow) filtration in which the flow directions of the feed/retentate and permeate are arranged perpendicular to each other.

Get a PhD—but leave academia as soon as you graduate Enrolling in a PhD program is, from an economic perspective, a terrible decision. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Just don’t let it ruin your life. Here’s how that could happen: After nearly 10 years in graduate school and substantial debt, you still end up a part-time or adjunct professor (and still in debt). According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, these jobs make up 76% of the academic labor force, pay less than $3,000 a class, and lack benefits and job security.

A researcher’s survival guide to information overload and curation tools Between constant email access through your smart phone and twitter conversations that pay no heed to boundaries of time or location, it’s easy to get lost in an online information overload. Mark Carrigan writes that curation tools are the only thing that can save a busy researcher’s sanity. Do you suffer from information overload? Do you find it difficult to organise and process the things you find online so that you can apply them productively in your day-to-day working life?