Writing / Online markdown editors

Ankush Das. “Best online markdown editors”. It’s FOSS, 28 August 2020.

Excerpt : Markdown is a useful lightweight markup language and a lot of people prefer for writing documentation or web publishing. Many of us at It’s FOSS use markdown for writing our articles.

Online markdown editors makes a lot of things easy by providing collaboration features, publishing integration, notes synchronization, and some online-only features.

More info: https://itsfoss.com/online-markdown-editors/

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Academic Publishing Update – August 2020 : 3

Magdalena Skipper. Publishing Ethics: the role of publishers, journals, researchers and institutions.
Webinar for the ESS Consortium. 25th June 2020.

This web-talk by Dr. Maria Kowalczuk, Research Integrity Manager, Springer Nature, London is part of the Springer Nature Webinar Series for the ESS consortium (formerly INFLIBNET) organized during the month of June 2020.

Link to watch the recording : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/914622558323055116

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Academic Publishing Update – August 2020 : 2

Harry Blom. Trends in Publishing.
Webinars for the ESS Consortium. 16th June 2020.

This web-talk by Dr. Harry Blom, Vice President – Journals, Development, Policy & Strategy, Springer Nature, New York is part of the Springer Nature Webinar Series for the ESS consortium (formerly INFLIBNET) organized during the month of June 2020.

Link to watch the recording : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8330855975265775112

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Research / Scientists’ worlds will shrink in the wake of the pandemic

Smriti Mallapaty. “Scientists’ worlds will shrink in the wake of the pandemic”.
Nature 582, 04th June 2020.

excerpt : Researchers expect long-term changes that reduce travel for work and conferences: part 6 in a series on science after the pandemic.

More info : https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01523-1

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Academic Publishing Update – July 2020 : 3

Clara Busse & Ella August. “How to Write and Publish a Research Paper for a Peer-Reviewed Journal“. Journal of Cancer Education, 2020. (OA)

Abstract : Communicating research findings is an essential step in the research process. Often, peer-reviewed journals are the forum for such communication, yet many researchers are never taught how to write a publishable scientific paper.

In this article, we explain the basic structure of a scientific paper and describe the information that should be included in each section. We also identify common pitfalls for each section and recommend strategies to avoid them.

Further, we give advice about target journal selection and authorship. In the appendix, we provide an example of a high-quality scientific paper, with annotations identifying the elements we describe in this article.

More info: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13187-020-01751-z

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Academic Publishing Update – July 2020 : 2

Tara Trubela. “5 Productivity Hacks for Working from Home During COVID-19“. The Wiley Network. April 9, 2020.

Excerpt : Remote work has been compounded by a litany of other responsibilities: homeschooling, keeping loved ones fed and healthy, wearing masks, washing my hands as much as possible, visiting my aging parents from the safety of our car, grasping for glimmers of normalcy that are just beyond our reach.

All of this added pressure isn’t good for our immune systems, which makes it even more critical to adjust to our new state of being in order to stay physically and mentally healthy. Here are some ways you can stay productive (and sane) while sheltering in place

More info : https://www.wiley.com/network/i-need-help-working-from-home/5-productivity-hacks-for-working-from-home-during-covid-19

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Call for papers / Journal Special Issue on ‘The Gulf-Kerala Literary Public’

E. Dawson Varughese and Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil have been encouraged by a UK-based, international, peer-reviewed journal to guest edit a special issue on ‘The Gulf-Kerala Literary Public’.

Deadline for submission: 1 November 2020 (Detailed timeline below)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on ‘The Gulf-Kerala Literary Public’

Full-length papers of 6,000–7,000 words are invited for a special issue for a Scopus-indexed, international, peer-reviewed journal.

Guest Editors

  • E. Dawson Varughese (Independent scholar, UK; Senior Fellow, Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India) and
  • Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil (Assistant Professor, Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India).

Theme

Migration from the south Indian state of Kerala to the various states that now comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is now almost eight decades old; the sustained large-scale migration of labour can be traced back to the labour crunch in the 1960s in the Arabian Gulf as part of the massive growth following the oil boom.

Though there is an ever growing body of scholarly literature on the economic and social impact of Gulf migration on Kerala, the cultural impact of the migration remains an under-researched topic. The Special Issue attempts to draw attention to the transnational public sphere which has come into existence because of the circular migration between the Gulf and Kerala, rendering the quality of temporariness to both the places.

By focusing on the literary public sphere we seek to draw attention to not only the works of literature which has migration as its theme or condition of existence, but also to explore the processes of production and movement of texts between the host and the sending economies, the avenues of circulation, and the rhetorical and material production of identities and tastes.

Stressing on the material as much as on the textual, the issue aims to bring forth the role of markets, book fairs, guest appearances by authors, award ceremonies, libraries, reading groups, cultural organizations and their networks, etc. in creating a public sphere actively engaged in defining the Gulf-Kerala connection in cultural terms and identifying their own place in it.

By insisting on the transnational aspect of the literary public sphere, we also call attention to the movement of literature across national boundaries, the graded economies and literary spheres that exist in both the sending and host publics and across them, and their effect on the form of the literary products, and the internally fissured nature of the literary publics and attendant power struggles.

We invite papers dealing with, but not exclusive to, the following topics:

  • Gulf-Keralan fiction (in English or otherwise) as expressions of Gulf-Kerala migration including narratives of returnee experience
  • reception of Keralan fiction in the Gulf and the Gulf-Kerala publishing industry
  • issues of translation in relation to Gulf-Keralan fiction
  • the role of book fairs in the Gulf and Gulf-Keralan fiction
  • the post-millennial years in relation to Gulf-Kerala fiction.

Instructions for Submission

The paper should follow the SAGE Harvard reference style.

The paper should be submitted as MS Word file to <edawsonvarughese@gmail.com>, with cc to <shafeeq.vly@gmail.com>

Subject Line: Submission to SI on Gulf-Kerala

Timeline

Deadline for submission: 1 November 2020

Online publication (tentative): second half of 2021

Issue in print (tentative): early 2022.

Reposted from Kerala Scholars eGroup

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Open Access Update – July 2020 : 2

Maximilian Heimstädt and Leonhard Dobusch. “To address the rise of predatory publishing in the social sciences, journals need to experiment with open peer review”. LSE Blog. January 10, 2020.

Excerpt : In this post, Maximilian Heimstädt and Leonhard Dobusch analyse the harmful potential of predatory journals for social science and specifically management research. Identifying key threats posed by predatory publishing, they argue that open peer review could stand to mitigate some of these challenges and foster a more constructive form of knowledge production.

More info : https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/01/10/to-address-the-rise-of-predatory-publishing-in-the-social-sciences-journals-need-to-experiment-with-open-peer-review/

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Academic Publishing Update – July 2020 : 1

Kaitlin Thaney. “The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future.” LSE Blog. June 19, 2020.

Excerpt : The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and scholarship operate. Economic volatility is also constraining support for key systems and services that the academy relies on, especially those that are community-led.

Kaitlin Thaney argues that there’s a need to converge on community-controlled open scholarship projects, to both meet the demands of the moment, and build a more resilient system for scholarly communication for future crisis situations, and invites readers to participate in planning how such systems can be maintained.

More info: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2020/06/19/the-open-scholarship-ecosystem-faces-collapse-its-also-our-best-hope-for-a-more-resilient-future/

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