Confronting the suspicion (and misconceptions) of co-authorship

Philosophers Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum speak up for the benefits of writing collaboratively Our writing partnership in philosophy began in 2007, when Anjum arrived at Nottingham as a postdoctoral fellow. Since then, we have written three books and about 40 papers together, which seems rare, especially in philosophy. We think it’s time to issue a statement about our writing partnership, for at least four… Read more

Public engagement: go forth and mingle – Russel Foster, Oxford university

I learned that there is no shame in not having the answers to all questions…scientists should never be regarded as oracles As with most important aspects of life, my serious involvement with public engagement began with a random occurrence that gave rise to a transformative experience. I had previously undertaken the occasional favour and, armed with Anolis lizards and Siberian hamsters, gone into schools… Read more

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

Are we witnessing a major overhaul of scholarly communication rules and tools? In the last six months alone, this blog has featured posts on all phases of the research cycle. From Wikipedia (discovery) to replication (analysis), Chrome extensions for reference management (writing), the Open Library of Humanities and RIO Journal (publishing), Twitter & blogging (outreach), altmetrics, R-index and PublonsRead more

How to write a killer conference abstract: The first step towards an engaging presentation.

Helen Kara responds to the previously published guide to writing abstracts and elaborates specifically on the differences for conference abstracts. She offers tips for writing an enticing abstract for conference organisers and an engaging conference presentation. Written grammar is different from spoken grammar. Remember that conference organisers are trying to create as interesting and stimulating an… Read more