I Can Get In, I Can’t Get Out: A Final Reflection on Dissertation Boot Camp

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Boot Camp has become like my phantom limb. Or else maybe I’m like some worker who has risen at the same time every day for 40 years and keeps getting up, getting dressed, and going through the motions of a

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On the Virtues of Peer Pressure or, Great Expectations

Did I say liveblogging? Well, yesterday I wrote all day and then went to the gym, made it home, ate, attended to a few details of home administration, and promptly fell asleep. Sleepblogging. I’ve accidentally left my notes from yesterday

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Do You Quit While You’re Ahead?

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No, I’m not talking about academia in general. Don’t be so sensational. I’m talking about writing. At this morning’s Boot Camp motivational meeting Valerie Ashford, from the Writing Center, recommended setting time limits to your writing and then stopping at

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Office Hours?

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Today was the first day of Dissertation Boot Camp (I’ve been talking of going to Boot Camp like Buster from Arrested Development talks about going to Army). The permission granted by this program to focus, without guilt, on your dissertation

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Happy Family Day and The First Verse of my Paean to Dissertation Boot Camp

On the eve of the beginning of dissertation bootcamp...

Happy family day, dear readers. On this, the second most joyous day of February, I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be posting – probably a few times, probably it’s called something like “liveblogging” by those in the know

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How to Tell if They’re Faking it: The Underbelly of Publishing

A desperate researcher's great temptation.

Here at Gradifying, we have been discussing the topic of academic publishing for the last three weeks. If you’ve engaged in the publication process, you’ve likely struggled with each of the issues that we’ve discussed: figuring out how to think

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Cover your bases

Most cover letter humour is about job cover letters, rather than journal submission cover letters, so just replace "I" with "my paper" and "koalafications" with "koala the aims of your journal"

This week I’m continuing our series on publications by asking “what the hell is in a journal cover letter?” I was confused when I first had to write one of these. I felt I’d screwed up the courage to storm

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… And Access for All?

Open Access (OA) journals have emerged as a contentious alternative to traditional paid-access (PA) journals.  The mission of OA journals is to increase accessibility and visibility of academic research; access of which would otherwise be limited to a small proportion

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Impact Factor: a Rant from a Non-Academic Perspective

The Impact Factor (IF) of a journal is a measure which reflects the average number of times a typical article (published in that journal) is cited, but often people equate the concept of impact factor with how important the journal

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A Really Long Short Year

Anything on your list?

I’m quite a fan of how 2014 rolled out for me. If there is fate, and fate is a person (or god, or alien, depending on which novels you have read more of), then fate would’ve nudged his/her/its buddy and

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