What do a Professor of Transport Governance, the Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center, and a gastrointestinal physiologist have in common? They’re all authors who’ve published in Elsevier journals. As you know, how we write is important, no matter what we’re studying or where we are in our research careers.
Academic Writing Month, the brainchild of Charlotte Frost (founder and director of PhD2Published), takes place each November. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, where authors are challenged to write a novel in November, Academic Writing Month invites researchers to choose a specific writing goal for those four weeks. Throughout the month, various contributors share dedicated blog posts about academic writing and hundreds of tips via Twitter using the hashtag #AcWriMo.
This year, 10 Elsevier authors from various subject areas joined forces with the Elsevier Publishing Campus to share their tips on Twitter via the Publishing Campus handle @ECRPubConnent. People were invited to tweet with the authors for more information. And that’s how a PhD student focusing on paleolimnology and testate Amoebae ended up in conversation with a Professor of Organizational Behavior about how to avoid frequent academic writing errors.
We were delighted by how varied and inspiring the tips provided by the participating authors were. They ranged from who to ask for feedback to the importance of weaving story into your academic writing.
You can view all the author tips and ensuing conversations on Twitter in this Storify: Writing Tips from Academic Writing Month 2016.
The participating authors and their Twitter handles are included at the bottom of this article.
Did you participate in #AcWriMo, or do you know anyone who did? Social media is a great way to engage with communities you might not otherwise reach. The participating authors not only helped fellow researchers but made new connections – between them they gained 169 new followers. Find out how you can use social media to reach more readers and boost your profile with the various tools available in our Publishing Campus Get Noticed section.
Although Academic Writing Month only runs for one month, that doesn’t mean the writing stops. Throughout the year, authors continue to write, sharing their tips, and setting new goals. You can join them by using the hashtag #AcWri on social media. In the words of Charles Musselwhite “Write write write!”
Elsevier authors who participated in Academic Writing Month and where to find them:
Dr. Ben Britton
Dr. Bruce Y. Lee
Dr. Charles Musselwhite
Dr. Greg Marsden
Dr. T. Jared Bunch
Dr. Jenny Mindell
Professor John Antonakis
Professor Kim E. Barrett
Professor Paolo Tarolli
Professor Ron Piccolo