These days, you can find just about anything and anyone on the internet. With more and more information being distributed via the web, diverse communities of users have developed to help share information through social media. But what about academics? Many publishing outlets have been quick to embrace social media but uptake by the larger academic community is still limited.
Last month in our Resource Roundup we looked at some of our favourite online tools to help you work more efficiently. This month we thought we’d change gears and focus on online resources that can help you keep up with all the latest news in publishing. There are far too many journals to keep up with on an individual basis, and with new high-profile retractions and changes in the publishing industry happening at a fairly constant rate, it’s important to stay up-to-date.
If you’re anything like us here at Edanz, you rely on the web to keep up with your research needs and all the latest news in publishing. But the internet is a big place, and everyday there are more and more tools popping up with promises to help you work faster and more efficiently. It’s a lot of work just to make sense of it all. To help make this easier, we’ve compiled a series of resources we’ve found that can help you with your work and that we think offer genuine value.
Writing in English can be difficult for non-native speakers. Writing in academic English even more so. To be a good writer requires knowledge and awareness, both of the English language itself and how to maximize the resources at hand. By way of illustration, this post shares an interview I conducted with Mina Hirai of the Edanz Customer Service Team, who faced such challenges firsthand during her time at university.
LK: Your writing experiences started at University didn’t they?
Getting started writing a manuscript once you have some results you’d like to publish can be difficult. Despite having a general idea of what you want to discuss, the challenge comes in putting that idea to paper and deciding what supporting information to include and what to leave out. Without any clear guidance, writer’s block is certain. This is where creating an initial outline can help.
The Brief Outline