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I am looking for some good CHEMISTRY WRITING exercises to use with my research group. e.g. re-writing sentences and paragraphs etc. Any suggestions? Thread below is the writing resources I use. 1/10 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #writingtips #ozchem #chemistry #publishing
Whitesides' priceless tips is always a great place to start. 2/10 onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.100…
The Science of Scientific Writing by George Gopen and Judith Swan. 3/10 americanscientist.org/blog/the-long-…
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So, I got into a LONG!!! talk with a reader/friend of mine about the world of publishing. Now, I'm not an expert, but staring down the release of my 6th book (holy shit, 6th?!), I have to reflect on a few realities of publication & open a dialogue with the #WritingCommunity
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A bit of background: I've been writing since 2006. I self-pub'd my first book in 2009, and continued with self-pub ever since. This was just before self-publication became vogue. And it was a conscious choice - and it was also how I learned what I know. The hard way.

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My friend said, "Getting an agent is like winning the lottery". This isn't wrong.
I tried to query, and was shot down every. single. time.
This isn't unusual. In fact, every #writer know that when you're #querying, this is par for the course.
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Not only experience, which is important, but clinical #research does not parse out the Japanese man or woman from the South Asian man or woman on heart disease risk, epidemiology, treatment.

#EBM lacking for us then

#MedTwitter #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
And then there is the question of who is white.

Iranian/Persian & Arabs are white on census.
Does the rest of America agree?

Racists & xenophobes tend to use loophole to say being anti-Muslim (whom they consider to all be Arab) is “not racist.”

latimes.com/projects/la-me…
Proving again: race is a social construct

Not until 2020 Persians really started to call selves “POC” (for self protection)

Have lots of Persian friends
Urdu culture has Farsi roots

But let’s be honest: Persians have seen selves as superior race, apart

wbez.org/stories/renewe…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/26/2020 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/dai…
How Cities Lost Control of Police Discipline

nytimes.com/2020/12/22/us/…

#unions #police #Detroit
In Search of a New Reserve Currency - World Game

brunomacaes.substack.com/p/in-search-of…

#reserve #currency #world
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 11/12/2020 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/dai…
A Tiny New Publisher Is Making Food Books to Raise Money for Restaurants

vice.com/en/article/z3v…

#books #crowdfunding #publishing
Our Obsession With ‘Expertise’ Is Holding Us Back

forge.medium.com/our-obsession-…

#capacity #LearnedExperience #knowledge #value
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Good evening everyone! 🌇🕕
Welcome to In Conversation with Dr. Renu Swarup @RenuSwarup @DBTIndia

Please post your recommendations, comments with #ChatwithRenuSwarup.
This live-tweet thread is curated by @AnamZille & @Jengovz on behalf of @spf_in 👧👧

Opening the session with a warm welcome 💐💐by @ChagunBasha @DSTCPRIISc @PrinSciAdvGoI
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i promised in this thread i'd offer an idea of an alternative #academic #publishing model, so here it is. be prepared, changing to this would require some seriously radical change... 1/17

#AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #openaccess
i outlined in the thread linked above MANY flaws with academic publishing, so let's completely get rid of the current system.

in its place we have one global central database, funded by governments/unis collectively 2/17
everything gets uploaded to this database. this is our new single journal.

articles can be rolling, so they can be registered reports, the final piece, or you can add new data if you analyse more stuff. its flexible. 3/17
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 08/25/2020 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2020/08/25/dai…
AI peer reviewers unleashed to ease publishing grind

nature.com/articles/d4158…

#publishing #AI #peer
Deforestation and world population sustainability: a quantitative analysis | Scientific Reports

nature.com/articles/s4159…

#sustainability #population #deforestation
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1. #Writer #IndieWriter folks out there: I need some urgent practical advice for my first "hybrid" book (institutional and indie at the same time). I'm looking for:
- ebook formatting resources
- a community of fellow writers

This book is extremely important.
2. I got some advice from professional book designers recommending @ScrivenerApp . Their sub-title is not very encouraging: "all you need to craft your first draft". It's not a draft and if it were, it would be my thousandth one. Anybody with experience with that?
3. They also strongly discouraged me to use MSword templates. Yeah, I remember I used it once long ago - it can mess up the text big time.

There are #formatting guidelines out there and basically you can just apply them to the last version of the edited text.
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Successful #publishing cover letters – a thread.

I’ve had several requests for the letter I offered to share the other day. I've now found it and, instead of writing lots of PMs, I think it's best if I just share it here with everyone. #publishinghopefuls #workinpublishing
There’s nothing more infuriating than not getting the call and not knowing why. Often it's down to stronger CVs competing with yours,but the letter can also play a part. I’ve been lucky enough to have people give me tips when I started out so I'm sharing them here...
...together with what I’m now looking for in the letters I receive. It’s not exhaustive and there are other ways to do things. But it gives an idea.

1) Keep it short. An A4 max is ideal.
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Inside Ghislaine Maxwell’s dark web: greed, sex and daddy issues #thread | #Epstein #PrinceAndrew it’s all in this THREAD 🧵....
How did the #Oxford-educated daughter of a publishing tycoon wind up in jail charged with trafficking minors for Jeffrey #Epstein? Vassi Chamberlain, who knew #Maxwell, speaks to her former friends
London, 1990. I have just arrived at a dinner in a newly opened Soho restaurant with people I barely know. I see a long table rammed with the deafening confidence of entitled rich young things.
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1/ So what did we learn from #launch week

Doesn't matter how hard you have prepped and worked, things will go wrong. Things that you didn't even anticipate or expect.

When that happens, focus on the things you can control and fix. Don't have a melt down. It will get sorted.
2/ The run up to launch week. Give yourself time.

Started thinking about the launch in Dec. Got shot down due to work and Covid-19. Restarted again in April. Locked down July date in first week of June.

Seems like a lot but you will need the time. There is lots to do.
3/ Get the #book out in front of #reviewers.

Early. Like real early. Like 8 to ten weeks early. Listen to their feedback and comments.

Unlike a #publisher, in self #publishing mode, you can change stuff all the way to launch. Try not to do that.

Lock a version down early.
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1/ Launch check list.

Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone.

Thank you for getting word out & for your preorders for #FounderPuzzles

We crossed our first big milestone yesterday. 105 orders

A thread on the path for that journey, if you plan to follow it one day.
2/ Book launch check list.

Nov 2019 is when we first thought of shipping the book. It had been a work in progress for 4 years.

Prior book launches had taught me the importance of pre-orders.

Step one. Plan to open pre-orders a month before the book will be ready for launch
3/ Enough content to feed you for a month.

Opening up pre-orders isn't enough.

You have to create interest in the book and keep it out there for everyone to see.

Can't be same content shared again and again. Has to be fresh and relevant.

You also have to mix mediums.
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A tale of 2 reviews: Recently, my book, “Modern Bonds: Redefining Community in Early 20thc. St. Paul,” has been both lauded and panned. Why? Opposing views on racial justice and its history in MN. Let's take a closer look. #academia #publishing #racism 1/12
The negative review critiqued Modern Bonds for its persistent focus on #racism/racial discrimination & the way I challenge positive narratives about midwestern culture especially compared to other parts of the country. That review is here 2/12 cambridge.org/core/journals/…
Given current discussions & research @ the nature/history of racial discrimination in MN’s Twin Cities it is surprising that the neg review suggests I *overplay* the presence/impact of structural & overt racism there a century ago. #JimCrow #MidwestHist 3/12
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Thrilled to announce *How Design Makes The World* is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Please spread the word. Thx. #design #ux #designmtw

amazon.com/dp/0983873186/… Image
Authors often are asked "why do preorders matter?" -

One reason is attention for the book rises, which has compounding effects. HDMW now shows up in various top lists, earning more critical early attention and sales. Thanks to y'all. Appreciate it.

#writing #publishing Image
I really appreciate the support folks - this has been years of work and it mean a lot. More about the book is coming soon - you won't be disappointed. Thx. Image
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1/15 Thread about EDITS.✏️As someone on both sides of the publishing fence I wanted to talk a bit about the editing process + how to deal with it. Having your book edited can be terrifying - after all, it’s something you’ve worked on for ages + now it’s in someone else’s control!
2/15 Of course that feels weird. AIM: the aim of edits is to make your book better + to ensure it appeals to as many readers as possible. Often, as the author you’ve spent so long working on your ms that you naturally become a bit blind to it + so another pair of eyes is crucial.
3/15 One thing to keep in mind throughout is that you + your publisher have the SAME goal - to sell books + reach readers. We’re all on the same side! ATTITUDE: when you receive big edits on your ms, the temptation is to read them all at once, panic + respond with a knee-jerk
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THREAD: Following the #CAA2020 I would like to share the slides and Q&A from the #publishing session, how to get published and read, last Friday with @ivittieditor and @Arts_Routledge
@ivittieditor @Arts_Routledge There are so many journals! Tip: find the journal first before writing. Are you writing for a large generalist audience or would you have greater impact in a more niche pub? Find out about themed issues. Consider what is needed for you: publisher? readers?
@ivittieditor @Arts_Routledge recent authors? online only publications? metrics like Impact Factor or indexing services? type of peer review? submission process and avg length of time? Open Access? Who is the editor? Who is on the editorial board? Who are recent authors?
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This cannot come soon enough.

It is also a good opportunity to return to a perennial subject for me, which is that individual academics can and should pushback against the current exploitative system of article publishing. timeshighereducation.com/news/us-open-a… #AcademicChatter #publishing
First up: Reviewing. The last time I was asked to peer-review an academic article for free was yesterday, for a journal owned by Brill, a company that turns a profit yearly.

I asked for a modest honorarium. They said no. I'm not reviewing the article.
brill.com/fileasset/down…
A reminder here that if even half of scholars valued their labor enough to demand some compensation for using our considerable skills and expertise to review, the system would collapse. And it should. Companies are making money off of our free labor, giving us nothing.
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Here is a thread about What Literary Agents are looking for in New Writers:

1/ A clear idea. However complex the story, a debut novel must offer a simple proposition of author, pitch and market.
#writing
#publishing
#literaryagent
2/ the pitch must promise the potential of moving the readership to a new place, but not by completely ditching what has been proven already to have worked.
I call it a bridge from somewhere familiar to somewhere new and unexpected.
3/ a debut novel must showcase talent and voice, but not at the expense of story. Self- confidence in the voice, editorial discipline and a certain degree of risk taking must all be evident.
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Things I've learned during my time as an editor. A thread.
1) Editors have 4 options: accept, accept w/ minor rev, accept with major rev, decline. The letters for the first & last options are obvious. The letter for the middle two sound like the MS is rejected.
#AcademicTwitter
2) Basically, no one gets accept on the first submission.

3) Good reviewers are hard to find. Corollary: Be a good reviewer.

4) Authors argue with editor decisions way more often than I realized. Corollary: Being polite and fact-driven is really important. #phdlife
5) Don't plagiarize. Yes, this needs to be said.

6) Don't just cite yourself & two of your friends in your reference list.

7) You don't have to make every change requested by the reviewers, but you do have to explain why.

8) The cover letter is really important.
#publishing
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With my very first book, my editor told me, “I don’t care what your book sells in the first week. I care what it sells in the first ten years.” Now we’re at the point where it matters what your book sells before it’s even for sale!

A #thread about #preorders. #publishing👇
Preorders, of course, are when you order a book (or anything, really) before you can actually buy it online or in a store. There are some upsides to this — you guarantee you’ll get it on Day One, for one thing…
…and if it’s something with constrained availability (like, say, the newest iPhone) and you REALLY want it, it’s comforting to know you can definitely have it ASAP.
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Day 2. Still pre-conference. I must confess that while taking notes today, I sincerely wondered to myself: how will I condense this much information in a way that its essence is not lost? So much was said; so much needs to be done. Oya grab your seat. @LagosStudies #lsa2019
The first panel was the Gender and Academy II. Panelists were Yetunde Zaid, Lynn Schler, Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo, Oyeronke Oyewunmi, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (@mojubaolu) and Taibat Lawanson (@TaibatLawanson) The first question shows that mentorship comes in various forms.
Who was your first mentor?:

"My first mentor was my Ph.D. supervisor. He was good @ treating students equally&that gave everyone a sense of confidence when starting out with their career. It distilled any competition that we might have&developed a sense of community.” Schler
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I am going up for tenure next year & preparing my materials. There is a book chapter I was invited to write in Fall 2014 just months after I got my PhD. I submitted the chapter in Spring 2015. The edited collection this chapter was written for has still not been published.
I am sure there are decent reasons for the immense slowdown in production. But can you imagine if I was relying on this publication as a junior scholar? I write this piece less than a year after graduating & will likely have tenure before its published. That’s bananas.
As someone working in disability studies I know there was many reasons for delays in schedules, but as a multiply marginalized junior scholar I also know that one publication coming in YEARS late could really fuck with someone’s tenure case.
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Given the news on U of California and #Elsevier, I am going to do a THREAD on contracts, negotiations, and publishing in the academy. This thread is meant for humanities folks, grad students to professors, slanted to Western academic contexts. #publishing #AcademicTwitter
Starting point - Get rid of the I'm-an-academic-fumbling-in-the-real-world attitude. Seriously, knock it off. You have a PhD, or you will, and you are making decisions, signing legal contracts, and all that jazz. Own the ethical and practical implications of publishing.
Negotiate your contracts. I negotiate every single publishing contract I sign. Yes, Every. Single. One.

Most commonly, I want the ability to share the full, post-publication / print version of an article online, for free (prepublication version w/o page numbers helps nobody.)
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