"Maximizing The Impacts Of Your Research: A Handbook For Social Scientists"

The LSE Public Policy group have produced a handbook that focuses on understanding and maximising impact, and have made it free for download in .pdf format. Some topics include: What shapes the citing of academic publications? Tracking citations, including new-internet based tracking systems Key measures of academic influence Strategies for getting better cited External (i.e., non-academic) research impacts You can […]

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Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes

The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes is a new open access journal published by the University of Niš. The journal publishes double-blind peer-reviewed articles reporting on original research in the fields of General and Applied Linguistics, ESP and EAP. The Table of Contents for the latest issue (Vol.1, No.1) can be found here, and authors interested in submitting are encouraged to read their editorial […]

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Publish and Perish

“How many points would Louis Pasteur, Henri Poincaré, Claude Shannon, Tim Berners-Lee and others nowadays earn within the new academic evaluation system?” The latest issue of Computer Assisted Language Learning carries a thought-provoking editorial on the “publish or perish” syndrome. Jozef Colpaert, the editor, argues that the evaluation practices currently in place in the academe are ultimately self-defeating, resulting in what he […]

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Researching Multilingually

On May 23rd, I had the privilege of attending the Researching Multilingually seminar that was organised by The University of Manchester, where I presented a brief talk about the various alternatives available for representing bilingual data in research output. In a nutshell, my argument was that there are many different considerations (intentionalities) that need to be taken into account when […]

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New book series: Post-Intercultural Communication and Education

Cambridge Scholars Press are publishing a new book series, edited by Prof. Fred Dervin (University of Helsinki), titled Post-Intercultural Communication and Education. According to their announcement: This book series, eclectic in scope, seeks to extend and revitalize scholarship on intercultural communication and education by publishing innovative, interdisciplinary and critical analyses of intercultural encounters. “Post-intercultural” refers to a recent paradigm shift in the […]

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Rookie review

Young reviewers are certainly sought after. “The best referees are postdocs,” says Leslie Sage, a senior physical-sciences editor at Nature in Washington DC. “They are at the top of their game, well versed in the literature and politically naive enough to tell the truth.” For this and more interesting insights into the peer-review process, you may want to have a look into […]

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"Besides, isn't this what we always wanted?"

In an article titled ‘Empowerment as a Pedagogy of Possibility‘ (Language Arts 64 4), Roger Simon makes the following observation: As an introduction to, preparation for, and legitimation of particular forms of social life, education always presupposes a vision of the future. In this respect, a curriculum and its supporting pedagogy are a vision of our own dreams of ourselves, […]

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