How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity?
Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book's guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically.
Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals.
With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style.
I. Planning and Prepping
How and When to Pick a Journal
Tone and Style
Writing With Others: Tips for Coauthored Papers
II. Writing the Article
Writing the Introduction
Writing the Method
Writing the Results
Writing the Discussion
Arcana and Miscellany: From Titles to Footnotes
III. Publishing Your Writing
Dealing With Journals: Submitting, Resubmitting, and Reviewing
One of Many: Building a Body of Work
About the Author
About the Author:
Paul J. Silvia, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
His books include How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing (2007) and Exploring the Psychology of Interest (2006).
His research has been supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, and he received the Berlyne Award, an early career award given by APA Division 10 (Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts), for his research on interest and curiosity.