General research and writing guides and resources

#RioZones project has arranged a collection of general academic research guides and writing resources below. This includes open access and various supporting materials on effective academic writing, publishing tips, tools to understand research impact, professional skills development, digital literacy and online engagement, and a selection useful research and writing blogs.

Academic writing skills guides

International Academy for the Study of Tourism – Writing Academic Papers: Advice from Journal Editors

Emerald – A 6 step guide to writing an abstract

Emerald – Top tips for writing a book!

Elsevier – How to Write a Good Paper for a How to Write a Good Paper for a Top International Journal Top International Journal

Elsevier – Six things to do before writing your manuscript

Emerald – How to write effectively. How to… guides for authors

University of Exeter – How to write a standard research article

University of Glasgow – Writing for Scholarly Journals

The Sociological Review – My Writing Plan

Writing for an academic journal: 10 tips

Video: Office of Graduate Research Flinders University – Vlog 42 Writing a Journal Article below

LSE Impact Blog: 15 steps to revising journal articles

Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted?

10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article – for a bit of fun!

Writing a research article: advice to beginners

Publish or perish: What 23 journal editors have to say

Overcoming basic barriers to publishing research

Writing successfully for the Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Writing Marketing: The Clause That Refreshes

How to publish a scientific manuscript in a high-impact journal

From the Editors: For the Lack of a Boilerplate: Tips on Writing Up (and Reviewing) Qualitative Research

LSE Impact Blog: Six academic writing habits that will boost productivity

8 Quick Tips for Writing Under Pressure

Using French Latin or Anglo-Saxon language in your academic writing – the pro’s and the con’s!

‘Writing for publication in technology-enhanced learning’ (WriteTEL2)

Helen Sword blogWriting BASE (resources for writers) and Writer’s Diet (sentence diagnostics)

30 tips for successful academic research and writing (Deborah Lupton)

How to write a scientific paper – a few basics (Melanie Seiler)

LSE Impact Blog: How to write paragraphs in research texts (articles, books and PhDs)

Mick Healey’s research and learning resources

Writing Advice for Academics – Wendy Laura Belcher

LSE Impact Blog: A scientific paper shouldn’t tell a good story but present a strong argument

Improving your academic writing: My (Raul Pacheco-Vega) top 10 tips

Reflections on Academic Writing And Asking For Help (Lisa Munro)

LSE Impact Blog: Writing a page-turner: how to tell a story in your scientific paper

How To Market Your Academic Journal Article and Book (Helen Kara)

‘Internationalising’ a journal article (Pat Thomson)

Tips on writing an abstract for a conference paper (Ruth Fillery-Travis)

LSE Impact Blog: “A thesis is written for examiners, an academic book for scholars in general” – the basics of writing a book from your PhD

Writing for Different Audiences: Research into Practice (Verity Postlethwaite)

Professional Writing Academy – Write Advice: Emily Barr on research, rejections and publishing

The Writer – House Style Guide

Hints, Admonitions, and Downright Threats from a Jaded Reader of Too Many Sloppy Essays (Roy Wolfe)

A Helpful Guide to Essay Writing!

A short guide to signposting in essays

Publishing tips

Emerald – How to get published and disseminate your work. How to… guides for authors

Emerald – Post-publication guide

Emerald – How to… disseminate your work

Video: The Sociological Review – Michaela Benson and Bev Skeggs discuss what the journal looks for in papers

Routledge – Author Directions: Navigating Your Success…

Video: Useful advice and tips on emphasising contribution when attempting to publish in journals, such as Urban Studies below (from 6 minutes and 8 seconds onwards)

Times Higher Education – Academics’ top tips for publishing success

Why Publish? Advice from Angelika Bammer and Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres for Early Career Researchers. Additional perspectives and advice available here

Times Higher Education – How to get your first research paper published

Publications: Publish like a pro

Video: What to think about before you start to write a journal article below

Times Higher Education – Getting published: what academics need to know

LSE Impact Blog: Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles

LSE Impact Blog: Why do academics choose useless titles for articles and chapters? Four steps to getting a better title

American Psychological Association – How to publish your journal paper

LSE Impact Blog: Don’t let publication be the end of the story – transforming research into an illustrated abstract

Future Challenges And Opportunities In Academic Publishing

LSE Impact Blog: The more revisions a paper undergoes, the greater its subsequent recognition in terms of citations

Times Higher Education – Academics who publish frequently ‘have more highly cited articles’

British Sociological Association: Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (online and PDF)

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals

Writing and editing for biomedical publication

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors – Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals

An A-Z of Publishing at Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters

Channel View Publications/Multilingual Matters – Publishing FAQs

5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published

European Sociological Association – Publish or publish (wisely)

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines

Methodspace – Open Access Ethics Resources for Researchers

TREAD (The Research Ethics Application Database)

Research Ethics Guidebook

MRCT Ethics Essential Elements

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – Copyright and Licensing – Part 3

Publons Academy

ORCiD: how to include it in your online submission (and why you should)

Semantic Scholar – academic search engine for peer-reviewed research

Crossref – to find, cite and link to research outputs

PaperHive – research communication and collaboration

Research skills and analysis

Structure of a Scholarly Manuscript: 66 Tips for What Goes Where

LSE Impact Blog: Writing a peer review is a structured process that can be learned and improved – 12 steps to follow

Refereeing a journal article. Part 1: reading (Pat Thomson)

Association of North America Higher Education International webinar – Academic Reviewing: Benefits and Challenges

Video: Literature Reviews: Common Errors Made When Conducting a Literature Review (below)

Association of North America Higher Education International webinar – Crafting Literature Review

Reverse Outlines (Explorations of Style)

Video: 8 tips for qualitative field research in leisure and tourism below – European Tourism Futures Institute (ETFI)

‘So What?’ … a question that every journal article needs to answer

Introduction to Discourse Analysis video below (Schnider, 2013) and blog post

‘How to Respond to Reviewer Comments’ (Prof Fink and Prof Kautonen, 2015)

Two Women Scientists – Sh*t Reviewer 2 Says!

Video: Analytical options for Discourse Analysis (Coyle, 2013) below

Scrivener – writing app

Pacemaker – digital writing goal tool

Prolifiko – digital writing productivity tool

insiite – save articles and annotate them directly from the browser

Methods Map – build your methodology

LSE Impact Blog: statcheck – a spellchecker for statistics and app

Research impact tools and guidance

Fast Track Impact – Top 40 practical tips researchers said helped them achieve impact

Five principles for achieving impact

LSE Impact Blog: Our research has been broadcast to millions – but how do you determine its impact?

SAGE Publishing Business and Management Ink – Which Factors Impact An Article’s Level of Citations?

Vitae – 8 Tips to Publish High Impact

LSE Impact Blog: Beyond Impact Factors. Academy of Management Report

Writing for Impact: what you need to know, and 5 ways to know it (Paul Cairney)

Anglia Ruskin University – Achieving Research Impact: Tips & Tools

KCL – Characteristics of high-performing research units

ESRC impact toolkit

LSE Impact Blog: What is the difference between an impact and an outcome? Impact is the longer term effect of an outcome

Making a difference in impact….is there life beyond REF? (Julie Bayley)

LSE Impact Blog: The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting

LSE Impact Blog: Accounting for Impact? How the Impact Factor is shaping research and what this means for knowledge production

LSE Impact Blog: PhD students should be taught more about research impact and engagement

Anglia Ruskin University – Your Guide to Winning Research Funding

Kudos – accelerating research impact

Professional skills development, advice on retreats and careers in academia

Taylor & Francis 15 minutes to develop your research career

Wiley – Writing for publication-how can a structured writing retreat help?

Think Ahead Blog – a toolkit for running a writing retreat: bring your own participants (University of Sheffield researcher development team)

Writing retreat as structured intervention: margin or mainstream?

Using structured writing retreats to support novice researchers

Writer’s retreat: reshaping academic writing practices

Mentored residential writing retreats: A leadership strategy to develop skills and generate outcomes in writing for publication

Research that gives a voice to practitioners and activists

LSE Impact Blog: How to make the most of an academic conference

Tips every PhD needs to know! Video presentation and guest lecture by Dr James Hayton (author of the below

The ‘Remote’ PhD

Video: How to win – the three-minute thesis competition (below)

Tips for PhD students and early-career researchers

Reflections on the PhD journey: an academic life story (The Unplanned PhD Planner)

Reflections from a Final Year PhD Student (Verity Postlethwaite)

Loughborough PhD Social & Support Network – The Viva

Video: PhD Surgery: how do I prepare for a PhD oral examination (viva)? – The Essential Guide to Moving Up the Academic Career Ladder

An Introduction To Combining A PhD And A Job

The Early Career Blog – Structuring an academic cover letter (Dr Steve Joy)

Guardian Higher Education Network – Academic job applications: five mistakes to avoid

The Early Career Blog – Academic interviews: listening for the subtext (Dr Steve Joy)

Guardian Higher Education Network – Academic CVs: 10 irritating mistakes

Guardian Higher Education Network – Academic cover letters: 10 top tips

Academic digital literacy and online engagement

The A to Z of social media for academia

How useful is Twitter professionally? (Jason Dutton)

Video: Office of Graduate Research Flinders University – Vlog 46 Promoting your article below

Four levels to accessible communications (Iva Cheung)

LSE Impact Blog: How to design an award-winning conference poster

Research Information Network – Social media: A guide for researchers

Video: Get people talking: using social media to promote your research below

Video: Why I engage the public – Annaleise Depper below

Video: Ethical Challenges of Using Social Media Data In Research below

Tips for academics on blogging and social media

LSE Impact Blog: Academic journals with a presence on Twitter are more widely disseminated and receive a higher number of citations

Why academics should make time for social media

Routledge – Author Directions: Navigating your success in Social Media: 5 Key Tips for Authors Using Social Media

LSE Impact Blog: Today I Learned (TIL): Using Reddit as a tool for public engagement, profile raising and scholarly dissemination

Times Higher Education – Seven reasons why blogging can make you a better academic writer

Author Directions: Navigating your success in Academic Blogging

Useful research and writing blogs (for emerging and experienced scholars)

The Research Whisperer

Explorations of Style: A Blog about Academic Writing

Pat Thomson

Sally Brown


The PhD Blog

The Thesis Whisperer

PhD Talk

It’s Not You, It’s Your Data

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