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Writing for Academic Journals, Third Edition (Open Up Study Skills) (edition 2013)

by Rowena Murray (Author)

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Writing for publication is a daunting and time-consuming task for many academics. And yet the pressure for academics to publish has never been greater. This book demystifies the process of writing academic papers, showing readers what good papers look like and how they can be written. Offering a research-informed understanding of the contemporary challenges of writing for publication, this book gives practical advice for overcoming common obstacles such as finding a topic, targeting journals, and finding the time to write. The author offers a range of helpful writing strategies, making this an invaluable handbook for academics at all stages of their career, from doctoral students to early career researchers and even experienced academics. The third edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the changing landscape of academic writing, including the most recent research and theory on writing across the disciplines. Drawing on her extensive experience of running writing workshops and working closely with academics on developing writing, Rowena Murray offers practical and tested strategies for good academic writing. New to the third edition: Advice on how to use social media to promote your publications More examples from different disciplines and journals More advice on how to tackle writer's block Extended end-of-chapter checklists New evidence that these strategies really work!… (more)
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The biggest surprise to me—and a major strength of the book—is the attention Murray pays to the cultures of academe and how they may affect writers on social, psychological, and behavioural levels. Writing from a comparatively privileged position at a research university in the United States, I can fathom only with effort an academic culture in which published faculty members are "marginalized or even bullied" (203) over their publishing activities. But I am certain that such unfortunate situations exist, and Murray does a laudable job of justifying writing activities and advising how to negotiate and navigate such situations in order to create physical and psychological spaces for productive writing. Most readers, I hope, will not face such challenges and will be able to develop their own integrated writing processes less stressfully, growing as writers throughout their careers and enjoying successful—and positive—publishing experiences. [This snippet review pertains to the second edition (2009) of this book.]
 
Writing for Academic Journals is a delight, comprehensively addressing the needs and concerns of the new academic author. . . . Academic authorship isn't about reading this book, unless the reader truthfully wants to write. This book provides a basis for a new academic author to learn winning methodologies that will evolve with time. Some will find it too long, too detailed, or too daunting. Writing for Academic Journals is a fine tool, but, in this instance, it is a tool that will only be as good as the reader/author who uses it. The "how to" books that I read almost thirty years ago were good, but they would have been even better if they had been supplemented by Murray. [This snippet review pertains to the second edition (2009) of this book.]
 
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Writing for publication is a daunting and time-consuming task for many academics. And yet the pressure for academics to publish has never been greater. This book demystifies the process of writing academic papers, showing readers what good papers look like and how they can be written. Offering a research-informed understanding of the contemporary challenges of writing for publication, this book gives practical advice for overcoming common obstacles such as finding a topic, targeting journals, and finding the time to write. The author offers a range of helpful writing strategies, making this an invaluable handbook for academics at all stages of their career, from doctoral students to early career researchers and even experienced academics. The third edition has been comprehensively updated to reflect the changing landscape of academic writing, including the most recent research and theory on writing across the disciplines. Drawing on her extensive experience of running writing workshops and working closely with academics on developing writing, Rowena Murray offers practical and tested strategies for good academic writing. New to the third edition: Advice on how to use social media to promote your publications More examples from different disciplines and journals More advice on how to tackle writer's block Extended end-of-chapter checklists New evidence that these strategies really work!

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