Reading The Right Journals The Right Way

I once asked an author who had received a ‘best paper’ award from a journal why he thought he had won. He said: because it suited the objectives of the journal. In another context, it may have been poorly received, … Read More »

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Choosing The Right Journal

We have just reviewed in the last blog the fact that many papers are rejected because they are sent to the wrong journal. This blog and the next is about how to reduce the chances of that happening to you. … Read More »

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Making An Impact

A large banner greeted people arriving at a funder’s information seminar: ‘We don’t want to fund your research’ it read. Funders do not want to fund your research: they want to fund your findings, your actions, your impact. Research councils … Read More »

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Choosing A Journal: The Human Face

You have written the best possible paper that should be published in a leading journal. Unfortunately, it has just been rejected.  Editors sometimes say that many of the manuscripts they receive don’t even reach the review stage but are immediately … Read More »

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Charitable and Corporate Funding

Government funding is the single largest source of research money, as discussed in my previous blog, but charities are a significant second, funding about 25 %  of all research. Many charities only fund the research directly, not using the ‘full … Read More »

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Finding Funders: Government Funding

Who will fund your research? That may seem like an obvious question, but if you’ve read the previous blogs you’ll recognize the theme: we need to do our homework. Think about your research topic, your discipline, your potential impact: which … Read More »

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Achieving Imperfection

In the previous blogs I described how academics at my publishing and funding workshops usually list four main reasons they want to get published or funded: their jobs depend on it; they want recognition;  the experience helps them improve their … Read More »

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Writing the Right Proposal

In the previous blogs I described how and why academics want to get published or funded. This week I want to consider a few benefits people gain from getting funded that, similar to those gained by getting published, are not … Read More »

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Creating Funding Relationships

There are many reasons people decide to apply for research funding. Sometimes, it is a way to earn a living rather than through gaining a post as a lecturer. Early career scholars can begin their careers as a post-doctoral research … Read More »

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Creating A Funding Strategy

Getting externally funded projects: your strategy Academics often focus on four main reasons for getting published or funded: their jobs depend on it; they want recognition;  the experience helps them improve their work; their career relies on externally funded projects. … Read More »

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