Dissertation Focus (Inside Higher Ed)

Writing for the Grad Hacker feature of Inside Higher Ed, science PhD student Danielle Marias reports on what she learned in Dr. Vicki Tolar Burton’s dissertation writing course at Ohio State University.

Marias summarizes the main principles that have helped her make progress:

  • Daily free writing.
  • “Only writing produces text.”
  • Meditation.
  • Keeping a journal.
  • Most productive times of day.
  • Writing as first priority.
  • Managing phone and email.
  • Keeping track of progress.
  • Gaining momentum.

The article is on line, open acccess:


CFP: Women’ s Health

Women’s Health: Call for Papers

Women’s Health focuses on the most important advances and highlights their relevance in the clinical setting. The presentation of Women’s Health has been optimized to deliver essential concise information in an easily assimilable formats -vital for an increasingly time-constrained community. The audience for Women’s Health consists of clinicians, research scientists, decision-makers and a range of professionals in the healthcare community

Why publish with Women’s Health?

  • Global free access to your article, increasing the visibility and reach of your paper
  • Rigorous peer review of your research
  • Indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed
  • Retention of copyright under a Creative Commons license

CFP: Sexual Minority Youth Conference

True Colors, Connecticut’s state-wide sexual minority youth advocacy and education organization, seeks proposals for workshops and presentations at its 24th annual conference, held at the University of Connecticut in March 17 & 18, 2017.

Details here: http://www.ourtruecolors.org/Programs/Conference/workshop-guidelines.html

True Colors Annual Conference
Workshop Guidelines & Information

Workshop Proposal Due Date is Friday, November 4th, 2016.

  1. You have to complete the proposal in one shot – so have all your information ready to go including title, description, objectives and all necessary presenter information.  Want to see a sample proposal form? Click here.
  2. The TITLE matters. People often choose workshops based solely on the title.  Want some ideas?  Click here.
  3. The audience matters. Choose the audience that best fits your workshop. For a description of the audiences, click here.
  4. There are word limits on bios and descriptions. PLEASE BE CLEAR AND CONCISE.

Predatory Publishers Get Attention of Feds

We have reported here frequently in the past concerning the proliferation of predatory online open-access publishing operations, their use of email spam, and their adjunct conference operations. Frequently we’ve referred readers to Jeffrey Beall’s ScholarlyOA Web site.

Now in a new twist it’s gotten serious: the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has taken notice.

As reported in a recent InsideHigherEd article: “The Federal Trade Commission on Friday filed a complaint against the academic journal publisher OMICS Group and two of its subsidiaries, saying the publisher deceives scholars and misrepresents the editorial rigor of its journals.”

Details of the charges can be found here on the FTC Web site.

As recently as 2013 OMICS was threatening to sue Beall with a one billion dollar claim.

You’re entitled: Article titles can improve article impact

Gwilym Lockwood, Neurobiology of Language Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands, has published a study of journal article titles and the impact effects of different styles.

As reported in Inside Higher Ed Lockwood has documented the efficacy of descriptive titles that go beyond announcing the topic but also declare the article’s findings.

Lockwood’s article, offering sensible advice while somewhat tongue in cheek, is available on line.

Your Research and Journalistic Media

While peer-reviewed scholarly journal publication is the goal of most researchers and scholars, you might also be attentive to the ways that you can bring your findings and work to a larger popular audience.

Journalists and other news media professionals are often interested in publicizing interesting research.

However, as John Oliver recently explained in his Last Week Tonight feature on scientific studies, the nuances of science are often lost on journalists (as well as their readers and viewers).

Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik offered some canny advice to researchers on how to work with journalists in his “Faculty and the Fourth Estate” (published by the AAUP in 2010).

What to do before a reporter calls (or before you call a reporter) is also the topic of a recent blog post on Tenure, She Wrote.

Inside Higher Ed: A Research Group of One’s Own

English novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf famously declared that a productive writing career required “a room of one’s own” and observed that historically women lacked such a room (as well as the uninterrupted time to use it).

Women academics may have the literal room but often lack room in their schedule because they tend to take on more service roles than men and spend less time on research, as reported in Inside Higher Ed.

However, women at Texas Tech and Indiana University are making room for research with faculty writing groups, which have been so productive that there has been a request for co-ed groups as well.

Details here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/01/encouraging-female-faculty-publish-research