Academic writing

Publish or perish: the barriers facing early career academic writers

Out of the many thousands of writers we’ve worked with, one group is under more pressure to write than others: early career researchers. We took a deep dive into the experience of academic writers at the start of their writing career to investigate the barriers they face and what keeps them going. [click to continue…]

The positive creative impact of limits
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Everyone has their own method of coaxing their creative gene out of the bottle – but the myth still lingers that true creativity only appears when the mind is set free from constraint and allowed to wander. Whilst it might work for some, research now proves that to be creatively productive requires you working within boundaries and creative limits. Setting limits on your creativity sharpens up your thinking and makes you more productive long term. But how do you limit creativity without limiting it?

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Three reasons why early career researchers suffer with writing stress
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Starting out in any career is going to be tough – and academia’s no different. But the interim findings of our study into scholarly writing practice suggest that early career researchers – those in years one and two of their career – find it particularly tough and that’s something that could impact their publishing productivity and wellbeing long term. [click to continue…]

Why writing systems stop you from feeling scared
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Over the past few months we’ve been digging in to how academics and students write – the kind of tactics they use, how satisfied they feel, what holds them back and what haunts them at night. We’ve had nearly 600 people take our survey and whilst the research is amongst scholars, the findings are relevant to all writers, and one thing is clear: a writing system is key. [click to continue…]

Mayhem to manageable in a month: using Prolifiko to work from home
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Can Prolifiko be used for other working projects aside from writing? After spending 20 years working in offices, publishing supremo Simon Linacre landed a plumb, home-based job for US company. But he soon came to realise that teleworking can be tough without the structures of an office environment. So he decided to find out whether Prolifiko could help him work from home more productively.  [click to continue…]

How to develop a publishing strategy and advance your academic career
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You might think you have a publishing plan for your PhD but what if it’s the wrong one for you and your academic career? Academic publishing expert Simon Linacre, director of international marketing and development at Cabells, argues that being strategic is about where, how and when you publish your research – and this makes all the difference between scholarly success and failure.  [click to continue…]

How not to freak out your writing brain’s fear centre: lessons from neuroscience part 2
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Have you ever start a challenging writing routine or a new fitness regime only for it to fail a few days later? If so, don’t blame yourself – blame your brain! When you take on something that’s too ambitious or too complicated, you can trigger your brain’s fear centre – and this leads to overwhelm. But you can control your brain using two simple methods, both harnessing the power of neuroscience… [click to continue…]

How to harness your writing brain’s hedonic hotspots: lessons from neuroscience part 1
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Writing is never going to be something you do on autopilot – it’s way too difficult for that. But there are some simple methodologies based in neuroscience you can use to make you, and your writing brain, feel more positive about finding a regular time. But first, you need to get to know your hedonic hotspots… [click to continue…]

How to be a prolific author with science writer Brian Clegg
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Brian Clegg is a highly prolific author of 68 fiction and non-fiction books. Yep, you heard me, 68 – and counting. Now one of the world’s top popular-science writers, Clegg first cut his teeth in journalism after a corporate career.  We interview him about his motivations, his writing process and how he keeps going.  [click to continue…]

Why we’re studying academic writing practice and how you can help
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We’ve just launched a major study into academic writing practice. It’s research that we hope will give anyone who needs to write evidence-based guidance on how to develop a writing system that works for them. Here’s why we’re doing it and what’s involved.  [click to continue…]