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Researching, communicating and related matters. PhD, ECR, Writing. Research Methods, Digital Scholarship, Scholarly Communication, Open Access, Open Data.
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– Writer’s block is not a struggle with your writing but with your thinking. Write your way out of it

– Writer’s block is not a struggle with your writing but with your thinking. Write your way out of it | Research-related | Scoop.it
Most graduate writers who are struggling with their writing are actually struggling with their thinking. It isn’t a psychological block, but rather the intellectual confusions endemic to the …
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5 ways to declutter your writing

5 ways to declutter your writing | Research-related | Scoop.it
Last week I was in Readings bookstore, with a $100 book voucher burning a hole in my pocket, when I spied a book called 'On writing well: the classic guide to writing non fiction' by William Zinsser. According to the cover 'On writing well' has sold more than a million copies, which piqued my curiosity…
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Interdisciplinarity - collection of open access articles

This collection is dedicated to the concept of Interdisciplinarity within and between disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and business studies.
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Work-life balance survey 2018: long hours take their toll on academics

Work-life balance survey 2018: long hours take their toll on academics | Research-related | Scoop.it
Times Higher Education’s first major global survey of university staff views on work-life balance finds academics feeling stressed and underpaid, and struggling to fit time for personal relationships and family around their ever-growing workloads. Ellie Bothwell reports
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New materialisms: key approaches

New materialisms: key approaches | Research-related | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, I have been drawing more and more on new materialist theories, concepts and perspectives, particularly in thinking through how humans live with digital technologies (which is the focus of all my research at the moment). The approaches I am currently finding most useful come from a range of perspectives. Recently,…
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Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research

Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research | Research-related | Scoop.it
University research is generally funded from the public purse. The results, however, are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge subscription fees.

I had to use freedom of information laws to determine how much universities in New Zealand spend on journal subscriptions to give researchers and students access to the latest research - and I found they paid almost US$15 million last year to just four publishers.

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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OPEN ACCESS KNOWLEDGE : DIGITAL STYLE GUIDE – Writing For Research – Medium

With inputs from: Jane Tinkler (Nine Dots Prize), Sierra Williams (PeerJ), David Ross (Sage Open Access), Kieran Booluck (LSE Impact blog), Beth Clark (LSE Library, Head of the Digital Scholarship…
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Introducing the Impact of LSE Blogs project!

Introducing the Impact of LSE Blogs project! | Research-related | Scoop.it
Since launching in 2010, more than 2000 contributors have written for LSE’s public-facing academic blogs, reaching an ever-expanding, international audience. But how do we measure the impact of thi…
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Wendy Belcher Academic Writing Advice #acwri

Wendy Laura Belcher has been advising graduate students and faculty about publishing journal articles since 1997. She provides advice on how to be a more productive published author through her book Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guid
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Researchers - Dr Catherine Pope

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Researchers - Dr Catherine Pope | Research-related | Scoop.it
Now that the season of compulsory fun is almost behind us, it’s time to start cultivating some good habits for 2015. Although my thesis is now a handsomely bound volume on the shelf, the skills I learned in writing it are now propelling me through many other projects. Here are my top tips for researchers: …
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Descriptive statistics - Wikipedia

Descriptive statistics - Wikipedia

In the business world, descriptive statistics provides a useful summary of many types of data. For example, investors and brokers may use a historical account of return behavior by performing empirical and analytical analyses on their investments in order to make better investing decisions in the future.

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Practice-based Methodologies – The Disrupted Journal of Media Practice

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eek, it’s nearly 2018

eek, it’s nearly 2018 | Research-related | Scoop.it
Patter has had a busy year, as a few basic stats will show. Patter started in July 2011. And this, dear reader, is the 705th post. Patter has published two posts a week for most of 2017, with a few more during Tate Summer School and one less during this seasonal extra-mini-break. As each post…
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Four critiques of open data initiatives

Open data initiatives may hold much promise and value, but more attention is needed on how these projects are developing as complex socio-technical systems. Rob Kitchin elaborates on four specific …
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The effect of open access and downloads ('hits') on citation impact: a bibliography of studies

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threshold concepts in academic writing

threshold concepts in academic writing | Research-related | Scoop.it
Please note, I write my blog on weekends. It is not part of my workload, nor in my job description. I support the #USS strike. Many of you probably know what the term a ‘threshold concept’ means. My understanding of a threshold concept is that it’s a transformative idea located in a discipline. Erik Meyer…
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why is academic writing so hard

why is academic writing so hard | Research-related | Scoop.it
Academic writing is a complex business. And it’s that complexity that makes it tricky. When you sit down to write a thesis, book or paper you start off with: material that comes from a well designed project a defensible analysis and possibly, depending on discipline, a cogent theoretical explanation a good grip on the relevant…
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Book Review: 100 Activities for Teaching Research Methods by Catherine Dawson

Book Review: 100 Activities for Teaching Research Methods by Catherine Dawson | Research-related | Scoop.it
In 100 Activities for Teaching Research Methods, Catherine Dawson offers a sourcebook of 100 ready-to-use activities for teaching research methods from undergraduate to doctoral level. This is an i…
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Mind the gap

Mind the gap | Research-related | Scoop.it
“This project fills in a significant gap in the literature…” “This project will address this significant gap in knowledge…” In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read several applications that identify a gap in the literature. The ‘gap’ is a useful way to think about your research. It is often presented as a triangle (or…
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How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog

How to plan, create and launch a successful multi-author academic blog | Research-related | Scoop.it
A multi-author blog collective is an effective way for a university or other knowledge-based institution to host discussion and debate. As part of a series previewing their book Communicating Your …
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aims and objectives – what’s the difference?

aims and objectives – what’s the difference? | Research-related | Scoop.it
You're ready, you're aimed, and now you have to fire off the objectives. But you're a bit confused. What"s the difference between the two? An aims-objectives confusion might arise when you are writing thesis proposal and the introductory thesis chapter. It’s always an issue in research bids. The what's-the-difference question can have you going around…
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Managing the Sluff

Managing the Sluff | Research-related | Scoop.it
One of the most obvious forms of writing sluff is references. I’ll admit I tend to pop references in a bracket with a note to myself rather than use the cite-while-you-write function. Sometimes I pause long enough to run a highlighter over it, but often I don’t. Later I have to spend hours, wading through my referencing sluff to find the right paper and get all the commas in order. In a thesis sized project that sluff will kill you (use a referencing system).

Note-taking sluff is perhaps the most dangerous. By the time you get to a thesis you will have what my colleague Shaun Lehmann calls ‘fossilised habits’. If you continue to unreflectively scribble stuff in margins, or on scraps of paper, that note-taking sluff is going to engulf you before too long.

Online databases are one answer. I’m a huge Evernote fan, but I don’t think it’s the whole solution. The trick to not being engulfed in your own note taking sluff is to recognise the types of notes you are making.
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