30 tips for successful academic research and writing

I came across this advice on academic research and writing from Deborah Lupton, a sociologist at the University of Sydney. There are a lot of really useful tips on writing in there as well as some good advice on use of social media for profile building. I hope you find it interesting.

This Sociological Life

Next month I am running a workshop on academic publishing for early career academics. As part of preparing for the workshop I jotted down some ideas and tips to share with the group which I thought I would post here. In the process of writing 12 books and over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters over a career which has mostly been part-time because of juggling the demands of motherhood with academic work, I have developed some approaches that seem to work well for me.

These tips are in no particular order, apart from number 1, which I consider to be the most important of all.

  1. Choose something to research/write about that you are passionately interested in. I find that most of my research and writing tends to spring from wanting to find out more or understand more about a particular phenomenon that intrigues me. In explaining it to…

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