As I write this, there has been an escalation of white supremacist activity in the US, and the generally difficult political climate in both the US and the UK has not really become less difficult than when I wrote Part 1. Part 1 is still relevant and deals with how to make decisions and make time … [Read more...]
Communicating scholarly knowledge
Research and scholarship produce knowledge which then has to be communicated to others. Publishing, knowledge mobilization, conference presentations, expert advice to policy makers ... whatever you do to get the knowledge you create to the people who are hungry for that knowledge.
Sub-categories in this section are in transition and may be edited and/or recategorized beginning in July 2015.
The primary purpose of publishing, even scholarly publishing, is communication. If you centre the communicative role of publishing, with a focus on the audience and the difference you would like your work to make for that audience, decisions about when and where to publish will change. This … [Read more...]
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...]
Today is the publication date of the first in a series of Short Guides: The Scholarly Writing Process. It seems appropriate to tell you a bit about my own writing process and how this particular guide came to be. Beginnings Last spring I read a review of Liz Gilbert’s Big Magic in Open Letters … [Read more...]
For various reasons I’ve been thinking about what holds people back from submitting/publishing their work. Fear of criticism comes up a lot. As if somehow if someone doesn’t like it, or disagrees with it, it means you shouldn’t have published it, or the work was wasted or something. We are all … [Read more...]