Harzing.com blog 7 years old!

Celebrating my blog's seventh anniversary with a recap of the most read posts

In March 2023, I am celebrating my blog's 7th anniversary. The 7th year saw 52 postings, i.e. one per week. My blog now has more than 380 postings. So for easier access, I created a Working in academia collator page.

I was helped by guest bloggers María Bastida, Sylwia CiukHeejin KimChrista Sathish, Sîan Stephens, Bianca Stumbitz, Andrea Werner and Michela Vecchi. Christa's earlier 2021 posts on using LinkedIn deserve a special mention as they were on the list of posts with more than 1,000 views.

Social Media in Academia: Using LinkedIn to promote your research
Tips & tricks for using LinkedIn to promote your research

Social media in academia: Using LinkedIn in a mixed-method research design
Tips & tricks for research data collection through LinkedIn: survey & focus groups 

Multi-part blogposts on academic promotion, publishing, social media, and impact

In 2020 I started writing multi-part blogpost series, which all turned out to be quite popular. To date I have written four of these series, starting with the social media and desk-reject series in 2020.

The academic promotions series (see below) launched in 2022 in preparation for a major round of promotion applications at Middelesex University. The Research Profile series also started in 2022 and will run into the next blogging year.

In August 2022 I also launched a new book series Crafting your career in academia, based on revised and expanded versions of my blogposts. The series is a collection of short guides dealing with various aspects of working in academia. To date three books have appeared, with a fourth in progress for May 2023.

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Academic promotion series

Publish or Perish turns 16 years old

What were the most popular posts in my 7th blogging year? With head and shoulders above the rest, was a 2021 post introducing PoP version 8. If you haven't updated your PoP version 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 yet, please do so as soon as possible. As this version included so many new features, I also created a 15-part series discussing them one by one. Support us to keep PoP free for everyone by providing a small donation here: Support Publish or Perish.

Two 2016 and 2017 postings about using Publish or Perish for journal submissions and literature reviews retained their popularity.

Where to submit your paper? Which journals publish on your topic
How to use Publish or Perish to find out which journals publish on your topic

Using Publish or Perish to do a literature review
Shows you how to do a comprehensive literature review with Publish or Perish

Guest posts about literature reviews

Tatiana Andreeva's 2021 postings about literature reviews also remained popular, clocking up nearly 10,000 views combined.

Resources on doing a literature review
Reviews a list of resources that provide advice on doing a literature review

Want to publish a literature review? Think of it as an empirical paper
What to consider if you want to publish a literature review paper

Do you really want to publish your literature review? Advice for PhD students
Why publishing your literature review as your first paper may not be a good idea

Academic Etiquette

Two 2016 and 2017 blogposts that deal with ways to address academics, either as a student or as a fellow academic seem to have turned into perennial favourites. This year they were joined by a new post on Using Linkedin recommendations to support others.

However, the other Academic Etiquette posts such as Would you ask a male academic the same question?Changing academic culture: one email at a time...Thank You: The most underused words in academia? and Please be polite and considerate are also worth a read.

How to address other academics by email?
Provides suggestions on the best way to address academics by email

How to address your lecturer?
Shows how countries differ in their expected way of address for teachers.

Using LinkedIn recommendations to support others
Use LinkedIn's recommendation feature to write testimonials for others

6-year anniversary

CYGNA online meetings

Since founding CYGNA in 2014 we have had 30 physical meetings. When COVID-19 hit we moved the meetings online, conducting monthly or bi-monthly online meetings. They have been a resounding success with 30-55 attendees, typically attracting as many international members as UK members. Here is a list of blogposts of all our online meetings to date as well as our first return to campus meeting in May 2022. The image shows our celebratory 50th meeting.

Ensure your research achieves the impact it deserves

In one way or another, the last three most popular posts - originally published in 2017 and 2018, but on the "most popular list" for the 5th/6th year now - all deal with research diffusion. 

You might also like the 8-part series on using social media in academia that launched in January 2020. After comparing the options, discusses Google Scholar Profiles, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter, and Blogging, as well as using the various platforms to reinforce each other when sharing information.

Most recently I have launched a new 8-part series on how to improve your research profile, reputation and impact.

Making your case for impact if you have few citations
Provides advice on strategies to demonstrate impact with a very low citation level

Google Scholar Citation Profiles: the good, the bad, and the better
Detailed discussion of how to use Google Scholar Profiles most effectively

How to promote your research achievements without being obnoxious?
Quick and easy to implement tips on how to promote your academic work

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