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Writing for Academic Journals [Paperback]

Rowena Murray
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1 Nov 2009 0335234585 978-0335234585 2
"Academics are expected to write but seldom consider and discuss the nature of academic writing. As a result, the practice is shrouded in mystery. Writing for Academic Journals makes explicit much of what is normally opaque and it should be among the first ports of call for any academic who is contemplating getting published. This new edition achieves the near-impossible: improving on what was already acknowledged as a first-rate compendium".
Professor Ronald Barnett, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

"Our experience is that Rowena's practical approach works for busy academic staff. Not only does it enable them to increase their publication output and meet deadlines, but it boosts enthusiasm for writing and stimulates creative thinking."
Kate Morss, Director, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, UK

"How many of us find the prospect of writing for an academic journal a daunting task sointimidating that barely an undetectable degree of arm twisting is required to furtherrelegate the task to an ever lower position on our priority list? Sound familiar? Well lookno further, those woes may be on the run thanks to this well thought-out and very readable short book."
Ian Pearce,Consultant Urological Surgeon,Manchester Royal Infirmary

This book unravels the process of writing academic papers. It tells readers what good papers look like and how they can be written.

Busy academics must develop productive writing practices quickly. No one has time for trial and error. To pass external tests of research output we must write to a high standard while juggling other professional tasks. This may mean changing our writing behaviours.

Writing for Academic Journals, Second Edition, has been comprehensively updated to include the most recent research and theory in order to provide new knowledge on writing across the disciplines. Drawing on her extensive experience of running writing workshops and working closely with academics on developing writing, Rowena Murray offers practical and tested strategies for good academic writing.



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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2 edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335234585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335234585
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rowena Murray is Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. She carries out research on writing, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and British Academy. Her other bestselling books with Open University Press include How to Write a Thesis, How to Survive Your Viva and The Handbook of Academic Writing (written with Sarah Moore). Rowena is also Editor of the Helping Students to Learn Series and edited the first volume - The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The title of this book alone will probably ensure a degree of success and rightly so. How many of us find the prospect of writing for an academic journal a daunting task so intimidating that barely an undetectable degree of arm twisting is required to further relegate the task to an ever lower position on our priority list? Sound familiar? Well look no further, those woes may be on the run thanks to this well thought-out and very readable short book. The 288 pages are divided into nine chapters, the first of which addresses the golden question: "Why?" -Why write? What do authors gain? What does the professional community gain? Is the effort worth the toil? This book has some, maybe not all, the answers, all logically set down in an easy to assimilate format with liberal use of tables and bullet points. This is standard format used throughout the nine chapters, each of which is further divided into yet smaller sections, each addressing a particular pertinent issue. From the initial chapter on why to write, the book moves through an assessment of one's target audience / journal and onto the preparation of a draft manuscript, the revision and the response to various reviewer feedback. All of this is of great value and one could easily imagine having to answer the question of why write for academic journals in an interview at any stage of one's career path. Famous, and perhaps not so famous, quotes are included throughout the book serving to lighten what could possibly become a less than bright mood depending upon one's thoughts on publishing. At the end of each chapter lies a check list and suggestions for further reading, complemented at the end of the book by the presence of a bibliography. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 6 Aug 2012
By Susana
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This book is easy to read. I found it useful to find out motivation and some tips about the hard task of writing research publications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to get published? Buy this book. 10 May 2012
By mlb213
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Rowena Murray's books are smart, thoughtful, practical guides to getting it done (and getting it done well). Want to get published? Get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomended 7 April 2011
By Hannah Levy - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a professor working in universities and I specialize in supporting professors to improve the quality and productivity of their academic writing. I've been doing this work for just under 10 years. Rowena Murray's work has fast become a classic in the area called "writing practice", which is about how you approach writing; what techniques to use to be a productive and successful writer; how to think about the act of writing.

Murray talks about what to do/how to actually write. This is useful to both graduate students, their supervisors, and professors who are simply interested in publishing more. Mine own copy is highlighted and dog-eared. Even if you have your PhD, this is the book to help you learn more about getting journal papers published.
4.0 out of 5 stars Best yest 10 Aug 2013
By William P. MacMonagle - Published on Amazon.com
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I tried to read others for this purpose but found this one more focused on writing for the journal instead of explaining what the various journals want, or what publishing standards are for. it seems to me that I should begin writing, as she says, and then edit/adjust the already written work to the stylistic requirements of the journals I select. Just seems easier to me (fluency before correction).
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