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:

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/strategies-maintain-focus-while-writing-your-dissertation

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.

Midsummer Writing Advice

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D., president of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity and columnist for Inside Higher Ed, observes that we are at summer’s mid-point and advises those who have so far not made progress on their writing projects:

  1. Forgive yourself.
  2. Commit to a 14-day challenge.
  3. Pick one goal for those 14 days.
  4. Turn off all distractions and set a timer.
  5. Don’t go it alone.

Her essay is on line, open access: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/07/06/advice-how-get-yourself-out-writing-rut-essay

“40 Things Editors Won’t Tell You (But You Need to Know)”

Cynthia Saver, writing in Nurse Author & Editor, reveals “40 Things Editors Won’t Tell You (But You Need to Know).”

These tips include several topics: Getting Published; Cover Letters; Writing; Civility; Peer Review; Editing; Student Papers; Reporting Research; Ethics; Rejection; and Editors.

The article is available on line and open access: http://naepub.com/publishing/2016-26-1-6/

Inside Higher Ed: Surviving the Dissertation Process

A sensible essay in Inside Higher Ed by Ramon B. Goings, who is the program coordinator for the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/11/25/how-survive-and-thrive-during-dissertation-process-essay

A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution

Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, the principal scientific leader and adviser to the NIH Director on the NIH extramural research program, offers “A Grant Submission New Year’s Resolution”  http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2015/12/30/grant-submission-new-years-resolution/

The Wisdom of Robert Boice

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Madeleine Elfenbein offers a tribute to Robert Boice, whose wisdom she gleans: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/take-it-easy-wisdom-robert-boice 
 
The research of Boice has provided an extensive evidence base for how scholars and researchers work (or don’t work) when it comes to writing and publishing.