Academic articles can be inspired from some very non-academic places and sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest things... A little while ago, I wrote an academic paper examining the ways in which life and death could be interpreted in the two versions of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. Last year, it was published. While I have long loved Sylvia … [Read more...] about Academic articles and non-academic inspiration
Our correspondent Sarah Wayland describes her experience of her postdoc position, reflecting on how it has involved some new approaches to her own research interests. Three days a week I travel from my house in suburban Sydney Australia to the inner city hum of the University of Technology Sydney. Each way on the train takes an hour: initially I used to … [Read more...] about Making research space & building a career: the postdoc stage
As Twitter’s Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) has only just finished, your motivation for writing might already be exhausted. But don't give up now! Our correspondent Sarah Wayland writes about journal papers that remain unpublished, due to being unsubmitted or rejected. What does it take for such homeless journal papers to be published? In the midst of … [Read more...] about Revisiting and reviving “homeless” journal papers
Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
I believe that everyone in academia, especially those who are not English native speakers, has to, once in a while, write in a language that is not their mother tongue - be it simply an email, a job application or a paper submission to a journal. In Brazil, most universities offer translation services when an academic wants to submit a paper to important … [Read more...] about How to write in a language that is not your own
Wanting to write A few months ago, the fiercely brilliant writer Cory Taylor died. In the time before the cancer became fiercer than her, she wrote ‘Dying: A Memoir’ as a way to make sense of death, of what was happening to her. It’s a beautiful book. A section that struck me, was when she talked of not having a bucket list: “From the age of … [Read more...] about Writing through a fear of writing – featuring 3 most helpful steps.
This week (19th - 25th Sept 2016) is Peer Review Week, and the focus is on recognition for those who carry it out. The event means that some of my favourite blogs like the Scholarly Kitchen and publisher organisations like ALPSP or publishers themselves are all talking about ways that we could improve peer review, often engaging with researchers too. For … [Read more...] about Peer Review Week 2016: reviews in the open
This guest blogpost from Lisa Munro deals with writing and introduces some ideas to make the experience less lonely. All scholars know that they should be writing more, but being a productive writer is one of the most difficult and fraught parts of being an academic. A culture of silence surrounds academic writing. We know we should be writing … [Read more...] about Writing made social: you don’t have to write alone
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and individual researchers may be seeking out new researcher collaborations, or romancing their ideas, or even getting themselves ready for a night in with those grant applications! Okay, so perhaps not the typical Valentine’s day. As you are already aware, from my fellow correspondent’s blog post last week, … [Read more...] about How to ‘Love Your Research’? A #piirusvoices event.
Writing is an essential part of academic life, but many academics struggle to find the time to write and few of us have ever been given explicit training in how to write. As a result, it can be hard to make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and books. But social media is changing all that! Around the world, PhD students, early career … [Read more...] about Top 5 Hashtags for Academic Writing: just in time for #acwrimo!
Piirus member, Jane Montague is the Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. Montague currently teaches both undergraduate and … [Read more...] about Strengthening research through collaborative partnership
Harriet Frew shares some common insecurities in research and some approaches to them. Harriet is a specialist counsellor offering transformation programmes to support women to feel great about food, eating and their body image. She is also a contributor to local BBC Radio, offering her experience and counselling expertise in this area. You can learn more … [Read more...] about Self-doubt, perfectionism and common insecurities during research work
I'm charting my progress through the "How to Survive your PhD" course, which is a "MOOC". I seem to always miss the live chat. Last week (loneliness) I was away but this week (on the topic of fear!) I was technically available. By the time I tore myself away from something I was deeply engrossed in, I watched half an hour of the live chat, but I still failed … [Read more...] about Fear and curiosity during your doctorate: weeks 6 & 7 of How to Survive your PhD.
Even if you’re not taking part in this course, you can get a flavour of what it offers by watching the livechats on YouTube, and you can follow discussion on Twitter with the #survivephd15 hashtag or on Storifies like the one on Frustration. Here are my reflections on another two weeks of taking part in this truly massive MOOC! Frustration with writing The … [Read more...] about Academic writing, Frustration and Loneliness: weeks 4 and 5 of How to survive your PhD
Having completed my PhD at the end of last year, I've since been writing papers from it. My work crossed disciplines of social and health sciences, and this has meant some serious consideration of where might be the best places to publish findings. As I'm now based back in my home territory of midwifery, I've generally considered this area best in terms of … [Read more...] about Publish or perish: where’s best to communicate research?