What follows is a draft of one section of my next Short Guide, Peer Review. I approach peer review as primarily editorial labour with the goal of improving scholarship. I question the use of "gate keeping" as a metaphor for the role of peer reviewers in making recommendations to editors regarding … [Read more...] about The value of voluntary peer review labour
How things work in academic institutions, academic disciplines, and other spaces where you find yourself. The unwritten rules, assumptions, and ways of being that make the difference in everyday academic life.
This category has been somewhat neglected. Older posts in this category will be edited and possibly recategorized beginning in July 2015.
I've been reading Rowena Murray's Writing in Social Spaces, and it has helped me articulate something that underpins a lot of my work. Community is important to your ability to do this work. This got long, if what you really want are suggestions for creating writing community, jump here. When I … [Read more...] about Accountability vs Community
I have written before about communication and validation in your publishing decisions and encouraged you to prioritize communication in your decision making process. In this post, I want to extend that argument using a recently published scholarly report as a jumping off point. (you can go read it … [Read more...] about Thoughts on “Untangling Academic Publishing”
I have written before about “best” being a distraction and encouraged you to focus on doing good work. In this post, I want to extend that argument using a recently published scholarly article as a jumping off point. (you can go read it and come back) “Excellence R Us”: university research and the … [Read more...] about Do you need to be excellent?
I find the use of “administration” and “administrators” in academic circles increasingly problematic. In particular, there is a lack of precision in the use of the term. The term “administration” seems to be applied to everything from clerical work to running the institution. It has become a … [Read more...] about What is “administration” anyway?