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How to write a book review

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Book reviews are a special form of academic writing. They have well-known structures with familiar components. Here, James Hartley of the School of Psychology, Keele University, UK, consults with academics on writing the perfect book review and presents a potential checklist for book reviewers.

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How to write a case study

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Why might you wish to write a case study and what is it about case studies that makes them appealing subjects for publication for both academics and practitioners?

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How to write more simply

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Reviewers of academic papers often point out that the language is unnecessarily obscure and obtuse. The reviewer or editor feels there is a good point in there somewhere, but it is not easy for the reader to find.

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How to write for a practitioner audience

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

If you are an academic, then you have good job-related reasons to want to publish: your job and your promotion depends on your keeping up your publishing profile in quality scholarly journals. If you are a practising manager, however, writing for publication is not part of your job and can seem much less important than keeping up with your targets and the inevitable fire-fighting.

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How to structure your article

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

According to one survey on why articles fail to get published in economics journals, there are two main reasons. Either the paper does not make, or does not demonstrate that it makes, a contribution to knowledge or the paper is badly organized, with the parts not fitting together to form a conherent whole. These two factors, which rated more highly in this survey than targeting the wrong journal, both relate to the paper's structure.

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How to collaborate on writing an article

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Many Emerald articles result from collaboration. Reasons for this include the: increasing importance of publication for tenure, promotion and satisfying the UK Research Assessment exercise; tendency towards large, multidisciplinary projects; nature of research funding; pressure for PhD students to get out publication even before their PhD is approved; and greater ease afforded by electronic means of communication. This guide focuses on authorship and dissemination issues arising from collaborative research. This guide is based on the experience of several authors from three continents.

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How to write a literature review

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

A literature review is a description of the literature relevant to a particular field or topic. It gives an overview of what has been said, who the key writers are, what are the prevailing theories and hypotheses, what questions are being asked, and what methods and methodologies are appropriate and useful. As such, it is not itself primary research, but rather it reports on other findings.

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How to prepare papers if english is not your first language

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Preparing and writing an academic article for publication in an English language journal is a daunting experience for anyone, but particularly so if your first language is not English. This guide gives you some support with preparing articles in a non-native tongue. It is not possible to give specific advice about English, because teaching English as a foreign language is a highly specialized area requiring a great deal of skill. However, here you could find general advice on writing articles and list some useful resources including editing services.

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How to write an abstract

Author: Emerald Group Publishing Limited

An abstract is a succinct summary of a longer piece of work, usually academic in nature, which is published in isolation from the main text and should therefore stand on its own and be understandable without reference to the longer piece. It should report the latter's essential facts, and should not exaggerate or contain material that is not there.

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