Harzing.com blog 1 year old!

Celebrating my blog's first anniversary with the top-10 most read blogs

I started blogging on the 18th of March 2016. So this week I am celebrating my blog's first anniversary. The first year saw 73 postings, i.e. more than one a week. Not bad! It is unlikely that I can keep up this schedule, but I will certainly try to keep posting regularly.

Top-10 most popular blogposts

So what were the most popular posts in terms of page views? Well... on the first place with head and shoulders above the rest was a post that wasn't even written by me, introducing Publish or Perish version 5. If you haven't updated your PoP version 4 yet, please do so as soon as possible. The top-10 most popular blogposts by my own hand mainly fell in two categories: Academia Behind the Scenes and Citation analysis. It is slightly disturbing that my most popular post was about staying sane in academia!

Academia Behind the Scenes

How to prevent burn-out? About staying sane in academia
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Thu 12 May 2016 09:28
Provides twelve suggestions on how to prevent burn-out and keep your sanity

Why does my paper get a desk-reject time and again?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Fri 18 Mar 2016 17:03
About the importance of joining the journal’s “conversation”

Strange journal invitations popping up in my inbox every day
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Thu 7 Apr 2016 10:10
Discusses the phenomenon of predatory open access journals

How to find your next research project?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Thu 16 Jun 2016 10:24
Provides suggestions on how to find new and interesting research projects

Citation analysis with Microsoft Academic and Google Scholar

Microsoft Academic (Search): a Phoenix arisen from the ashes?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Thu 9 Jun 2016 12:23
Assesses Microsoft Academic coverage through a detailed comparison with Google Scholar, the Web of Science, and Scopus

Microsoft Academic: Is the Phoenix getting wings?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Wed 9 Nov 2016 12:35
Compares citation coverage in the new Microsoft Academic with Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science

Do Google Scholar, Scopus and the Web of Science speak your language?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Sun 12 Jun 2016 17:04
Short summary of white paper on the coverage of non-English language publications in three major databases for citation analysis

Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Tue 28 Feb 2017 11:19
Argues that Google Scholar needs to be treated as a serious alternative data source for citation analysis

Female academics

I was particularly pleased that my slightly provocative post on the demands put on female academics made it into the top-10. However, the other Academic Etiquette posts such as Thank You: The most underused words in academia? and Please be polite and considerate and Last impressions count too! The importance of conclusions are also worth a read. While on the topic, let me also point out that our CYGNA network - a London-based network for female academics - is still going strong.

Would you ask a male academic the same question?
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Wed 7 Sep 2016 10:21
Discusses the expectations of service-oriented behaviour by female academics

Research collaborators

Finally, the announcement of the first academic article by one of my recent PhD students, Shea Fan, also made it into the top-10. Congratulations Shea! May this be the start of a distinguished academic career. Helene Tenzer's guest post and the announcement of my article with Ling Zhang, another recent PhD student, ended up outside the top-10, but are certainly worth a read.

The benefits of being understood
Anne-Wil Harzing - published Sun 13 Nov 2016 10:14
Introducing Shea Fan's work on the role of ethnic identity confirmation in the relationship between expatriates and host country employees