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How to be a Better Academic Writer? Take a Creative Writing Course.

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When one reflects on the question – how to be a better academic writer – I am sure a number of answers come up. Read more. Write more. Never write again. The idea of creative writing typically does not go hand-in-hand with academic writing, and for good reason. Academic writing is formulaic, passive, technical, and generally […]

Bridging the Gap: Unleashing the Power of Research Communication Through Reflexivity

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In the realm of research communication, especially within social sciences and humanities, effective communication isn’t just about transmitting information. It’s about fostering understanding, interpreting meaning, and building bridges with an audience.  A crucial aspect of research communication, especially in a time where disinformation and misinformation is rampant, and trust in science and our institutions is […]

Mexico City for the Traveling Scholarpreneur

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Describing the appeal of Mexico City (aka CDMX) doesn’t come easy, especially when trying to explain how one can live in a city of 9 million people and not want to walk off a high bridge.  As a self-proclaimed traveling scholarpreneur (a nomadic blend of scholar and entrepreneur), I was constantly seeking destinations that fuel […]

Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy (Part 2)

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Launch a Successful Scholarly Newsletter: Build Your Audience & Craft Compelling Content (Part 2) This is part 2 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read part I here – Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1), where we talked about why.  In this post, we’ll cover the […]

Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1)

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Empower Your Research: Why Scholars Should Launch a Newsletter (Part 1) This is part 1 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read Part 2 – Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy – here Why Launch a Newsletter?  The traditional academic publishing landscape, with its lengthy peer-review processes […]

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: Communicating Complex Ideas to a Lay Audience

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Simplifying the Intricate: Tools and Techniques for Communicating Complex Ideas Effectively For researchers and scholars, effectively communicating complex ideas can feel like an unbearable challenge. Reaching outside the ivory tower and talking with lay people may feel like a feat. How do you take highly complex, niche topics and translate them in a way that […]

How to Launch a Blog for Scholars, Academics, and Scholarpreneurs

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The Scholar’s Guide on How to Launch a Blog Blogging became all the rage in the 1990’s (this is your cue to realize how long ago the 90’s actually were). The blog-sphere experienced a few peaks and valleys with the advent of microblogging sites like Twitter, may she rest in peace. A staple, it remained. […]

Unlocking Impact: Public Engagement Examples for Social Scientists and Humanities Scholars

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An Overview of Public Engagement Examples for Social Scientists and Humanities Scholars In the ever-evolving landscape of academia, the call for scholars to engage with the public is more resounding than ever. A common question from scholars interested in expanding their research impact is: what are some ways I can/should publicly engage? What are tangible […]

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