Category Archives: Academic

The Handbook of Academic Writing

If you are an academic, the chances are that your career development is defined by what you write. This simple fact is often the basis of a cynicism and hostility within the academic world. Despite the inevitable problems associated with how writing is … Continue reading

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Reflections on academic reading

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about reading journal articles. One of the most important things that I’ve discovered is that spending time thinking about how and why I read, and practicing ways to become a better reader, … Continue reading

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Promoted from Doctor to Professor: what changes?

After my promotion to professor, I wondered if anything would actually change. Over the past few years, change has been subtle, but there are some clear lessons that I have learned. Although talk of leadership is ubiquitous in the university sector, … Continue reading

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The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing is a groundbreaking resource that offers emerging and experienced scholars from all disciplines a comprehensive review of the essential elements needed to craft scholarly papers and other writing suitable for submission to academic … Continue reading

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Bourdieu’s Homo Academicus

What is most fascinating about Bourdieu’s analysis is that it reveals that the higher one’s position in the field of academic power, the greater the conformity required. The type of training required of doctors and jurists appears to be a … Continue reading

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Systematic Inequality and Hierarchy in Faculty Hiring Networks

The faculty job market plays a fundamental role in shaping research priorities, educational outcomes, and career trajectories among scientists and institutions. However, a quantitative understanding of faculty hiring as a system is lacking. Using a simple technique to extract the … Continue reading

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Mothers in Academia

While more mothers are increasingly occupying institutions of higher learning, they still struggle to make headway in a world that privileges a commitment to countless hours of scholarly research and study. Despite some advances in institutional policy, these women continue … Continue reading

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SPARC – Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.  SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly … Continue reading

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Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their … Continue reading

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Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the western world? Whose monopolistic practices make Walmart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch a socialist? You won’t guess the answer in a month of Sundays. While there are plenty of … Continue reading

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