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.

What Do Authors Want from Peer Review?

Author Services of Taylor & Francis has undertaken a study of researchers’ views and has published Peer Review in 2015: A Global View. Background here: http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/peer-review-in-2015/
Topics include: The purpose and benefits of peer review; peer review ethics; the mechanics of peer review; alternative models of peer review.

JPN Editor Develops Open Course on Writing for Professional Journals

JPN Editor Develops Open Course on Writing for Professional Journals


Dr. Patricia Morton, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Utah and editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, has developed the open course “Writing for Professional Journals.” The content of this course is open to the public. Dr. Morton authored the content as part of a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation while participating in their Executive Nurse Fellow program. The “Writing for Professional Journals” course can be used by an individual learner or can be adapted in any way for a course in a college’s program of study. The course also may be helpful to practicing nurses in a professional development program.


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