Journal publishing – BuzzFeed-style!

A California academic wants to give academic publishing a mighty shove into fast-growing digital media areas.

To make his point, University of Southern California associate professor of writing Mark Marino chose a BuzzFeed listicle format for his ‘manifesto’,

Mr Marino’s piece, “10 Reasons Professors Should Start Writing BuzzFeed Articles,” is produced in the style he’s seeking for BuzzAdemia, a new journal he’s creating to encourage “BuzzFeed-style scholarship.”

In the The Chronicle of Higher Education, Marino says his dream is ...

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Writing that stinks

Just why do academics often write in ‘acadamese’, creating hard work for readers both within academia and for those unfortunate ‘civilians” who stray across the work?

The reliably entertaining and hugely informative linguist, cognitive scientist and psychologist Professor Steven Pinker has some fascinating views about why academics “so often turn out prose that is turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand”.

In The Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct 2014) Pinker ...

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