Welcome to my blog!
I know I haven’t been an early adopter in the blogging game, but I didn’t want to start until I knew I could fully commit to it. Too many blogs dry up to a drizzle of posts after a first active six months! My blog will pull together my 25-year experience of working in academia. Rather than providing mostly personal stories and reflections, my explict intention is to present material that is useful for (junior) academics.
Personally, I don’t much like the fairly ad-hoc and random organization of most blogs as it makes it hard to get a grip on the content. Therefore, my blog has a clear structure with six major categories. This is what you can expect on a regular basis.
- Highlights from the Publish or Perish tutorial: The Publish or Perish course is an online tutorial consisting of 80 practical, “bite-sized” tips on how to most effectively use Publish or Perish, a software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations. In each post I will focus on a key problem in bibliometric analysis that can be resolved using Publish or Perish and the tutorial.
- Academia Behind the Scenes: Substantive posts on an academic topic of around 1000 words. They present my experience on issues such as how to prevent desk-rejects, finding research topics, writing successful funding applications, networking, collaborations, preventing burn-out, open access journals, job interviews, making your case for tenure, and many many more.
- Academic etiquette: Shorter (300-600 words) tongue-in-cheek posts on how to “behave” in academia. They do have a serious undertone though. Etiquette in academia is probably not a world apart from etiquette elsewhere. But it can’t hurt to be reminded :-)
- Research Focus: Ok, so this is my blog, which means I can – occasionally – engage in some self-promotion :-). Hence once or twice a month you will find a substantive post (750-1000 words) summarising one or more of my research contributions, written in accessible language. Most of these research topics will be relevant to a fairly large audience, so I am hoping you won’t be skipping these posts. You might actually enjoy some of them!
- Classic Papers: Contains my selection of academic articles that have made a real difference to the field. Not necessarily because they were published in top journals or because they were highly cited, but because they made their readers think twice.
- From my inbox: Irregular short postings about the weird requests that end up in my email inbox.
- Announcements: Topical postings about new publications, conference visits, and other important events.
- That’s interesting: This (very) irregular series features an odd collection of what I think are interestingly weird research topics worth writing about. It reports on little research ideas, which are fun and interesting, but just not “meaty” enough for a serious article. We’ll start off with “How to address your teacher”.
Drop me a line
Hope you enjoy my blog. Please note that for a variety of reasons, I won’t enable a comments function on my blog at the moment. However, you are always welcome to drop me a line if you want to share something.
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.