#AskDrEditor: How to publish compelling, collaboratively written journal articles

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My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is now available through UniversityAffairs.ca. The eighth Ask Dr. Editor column digs into best practices for collaborative publishing: how to share a single authorial voice, to incorporate an innovate structure, to communicate with your editor, and to fight the goddamned patriarchy: “Authoring together: How to publish compelling, collaboratively written journal articles.”

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#AskDrEditor: How to craft an organizational structure for your research article

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My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is now available through UniversityAffairs.ca. The fifth Ask Dr. Editor column investigates how visualization strategies can help you to determine the shape that best fits your argument: “How to craft an organizational structure for your research article.”

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#AskDrEditor: Strategic Paragraph Structuring

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My editing advice column, Ask Dr. Editor, is now available through UniversityAffairs.ca. The third Ask Dr. Editor question comes from a literature scholar who wants to ensure their voice isn’t overpowered by the quotations they include in their manuscript.

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Making paragraphs flow

Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 3.41.54 PMWe all know that good paragraphs cohere around a single topic and are book-ended by strong, analytical take-away sentences. But how can a disjointed, staccato-sounding paragraph be made to have flow?

Flow is an elusive quality — it’s the sense that sentences move logically and seamlessly without repetition or heavy-handed transitioning. Sometimes this flow comes from the structure of the paragraph itself, which may follow an order such as

  • general to particular (big to small),
  • particular to general (small to big),
  • question to answer, or
  • effect to cause.*

But when the paragraph as a whole doesn’t have an overarching shape, how can a writer make their ideas flow logically? If you’ve ever been told that your writing is “choppy” or “fragmented,” here’s your fix:

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Structuring academic papers

Patrick Dunleavy of Writing for Research (@Write4Research) breaks down all well-structured academic journal articles into two types, with three sub-types:

  • Conventional papers
  • Designed papers
    • The focus-down model
    • The opening out model
    • The compromise model

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