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And So to Conclude: In Search of a Happy Ending

Is there anything worse than writing conclusions? Even beginnings are easier, I find, than summing up, because I can trick myself into starting by telling myself ‘I’m just taking some notes‘. ‘I’ll put that quotation I like as an epigram.’ And don’t get me wrong. I love reading conclusions. What academic doesn’t? I could never read EVERYTHING in full, […]

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Academic Writing with Pen in Hand

Academic Writing Month is a focus for SAGE MethodSpace each November. Each year we offer posts about the practical skills and forms or publication relevant to researchers and writers. (See the unfolding series for AcWriMo 2020.) I wrote this post for AcWriMo 2018, but today is Fountain Pen Day, so I am revisiting it. During […]

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Forget Publish or Perish – It’s #VisibleOrVanish

On MethodSpace, Academic Writing Month 2020 is focusing on Publishing Trends, and What They Mean for Academic Writers.  One trend is an increased interest in moving beyond the dominance of print, and sharing research and findings using media. In this guest post, Dr. Tullio Rossi talks about the steps you can take to ensure that […]

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Can Action-Oriented Research Help Social Science Be More Relevant?

In his posthumous address to his discipline, the late public administration scholar Christopher Pollitt lamented its diminishing relevance and standing, laying blame on a deep-seated institutional division. On one side he noted a tendency toward ‘detached scholasticism’ in which academics engaged in insular and increasingly abstracted conversations with little relevance, or even concern, for the practical utility […]

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Interested in Adapting PhD Research Into a Book?

Research conducted as part of a PhD is valuable. It is valuable for the researcher, who has spent countless hours carrying out the work and it is valuable to those deciding whether the research should result in the award of a PhD qualification. But can the research be valuable to broader audiences? The simple answer is yes – at the heart of many successful academic books lies research conducted as part of a PhD.

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Make Sure Your Book is Findable! Advice on Discoverability

Despite the warnings of digital doomsayers, academic book publishing remains dominated by print. That said, reader behavior has changed and continues to evolve. This is particularly true of how readers discover and read books and chapters. Rather than visiting a library or bookshop in person, readers of scholarly books start their searches online. For publishers, ensuring that books are prominent and visible in such searches is essential to encourage readership and drive citations.

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Ten Counter-Intuitive Insights From an Academic Writing Coach

As a writing coach I sometimes find myself giving the same pointers and tips again and again. Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to the raised eyebrows these tips can generate. They seem unconventional and counter intuitive. They’re often not received academic wisdom.

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Book Review: Writing a Watertight Thesis: A Guide to Successful Structure and Defence

How you structure the thesis itself is only one part of the overall structure of your doctorate. In their new book, Mike Bottery and Nigel Wright discuss the importance of three different areas in which a good structure is crucial to your success…

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