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Writing for Scholars: A Practical Guide to Making Sense & Being Heard

Handbook / Manual

By: Lynn P Nygaard(Author)

Sage Publications

Paperback | May 2015 | Edition: 2 | #222046 | ISBN-13: 9781446282540
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Hardback | May 2015 | Edition: 2 | #222045 | ISBN-13: 9781446282533
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About this book

Academics are not just researchers, but writers too. Using her many years of practical experience gained as a teacher and editor, Lynn Nygaard guides you through the whole process of writing and presenting your research in order to help you make your voice heard within the academic community. Grounded in real world advice rather than abstract best practice, Nygaard demonstrates a number of approaches to writing in order to help you identify those most suited to your own project.

This updated new edition includes:
- More examples from across the social sciences
- A new chapter on presenting statistical data
- Examples from around the world
- More material on e-publishing, open access and referencing software
- An annotated biography
- A comprehensive glossary

From defining your audience, to forming your argument and structuring your work, Writing for Scholars enable's you to communicate your research passionately and professionally.

"A stupendous and scintillating work which is extremely helpful for academics and research scholars in the social sciences. The book guides you through the process of making academic writing coherent and lucid."
- Rahul Mukand, Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromsø, Norway

"Nygaard gets at the heart of the challenge of academic writing, providing solutions for scholars of all levels working to hone their craft and effectively and efficiently communicate their research. She accomplishes all this while being a competent and oftentimes humorous chaperone on the endeavor."
- Cyanne E. Loyle, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

"This book has taken my papers from rejected to accepted, by providing hands-on and to the point advice on how to structure and sharpen both my thoughts and arguments. It is packed with valuable insights that take you through every stage of the writing process, making it an exceptional tool for everyone engaged in academic scholarship."
- Synøve N. Andersen, Executive Officer, Statistics Norway

"Lynn Nygaard provides valuable, often amusing advice for scholarly writers. Although many scholars dread having to publish, this comprehensive and well-organized book will help them to overcome their hesitation. Written in engaging reader-friendly language the book will be indispensable to both first-time writers and those who are already published in academia"
- Jill R. Hughes, the editor's mark, USA

"This book is entertaining, inspiring and peppered with illustrating examples which trigger multiple epiphanies about your own writing and scholarly work. A stimulating pep-talk from an editor, a personal coach, and a peer – all in one book. Essential reading for Ph.D. students as well as for established scholars."
- Marte Nilsen, Senior researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)


Chapter 1. Introduction: Entering the conversation     
Chapter 2. Getting started: Developing good writing habits     
Chapter 3. The “i” in (social) science: Objectivity, transparency, and argument     
Chapter 4. Who are you talking to? Defining your audience     
Chapter 5. What do you want to say? Forming your core argument     
Chapter 6. How are you going to say it? Developing your structure     
Chapter 7. Breaking up the gray mass: Headings, figures, and tables     
Chapter 8. Holding up the mirror: Giving and receiving feedback     
Chapter 9. Saying it out loud: Presenting your paper     
Chapter 10. Delivering the goods: Following author guidelines and submitting your manuscript

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For almost two decades, Lynn P. Nygaard has provided editorial support and coaching for researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. A native English speaker, Nygaard started as a freelance copyeditor and translator for Norwegian academics looking to publish their work in international journals. In 2000, she became an editorial advisor at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo. This position allowed her to view researchers and the writing process from close quarters. She found that language was seldom the main explanation for what was going wrong, and developed a workshop for academics that focused on developing awareness of audience, honing the core argument, and structuring the story. As a workshop facilitator, she has helped researchers both in Norway and abroad hone their arguments and tailor their work for publication. In 2008, she became a special advisor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, and continues to develop her expertise in how to support scholars through the writing process. With an undergraduate degree in women's studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a graduate degree in political science from the University of Oslo, she is currently pursuing a doctorate from the Institute of Education, University of London, that focuses on research productivity, academic writing, and gender gaps in academia.

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