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The Slow Academic

At an early career community of practice meeting this week, we talked about academic writing. I shared some of my favourite blogs and websites:

We discussed our challenges and, as has happened in past conversations about writing, talk turned to finding time for reading. Anecdotally, colleagues report feeling guilty if they are seen sitting and reading during work hours. Academic success is measured by outputs, and there are countless resources devoted to strategies for writing (prolifically, productively, efficiently, effectively) but reading as an academic is frequently relegated to a time and space outside of office hours and workload models.

In one paper from an interesting oeuvre, Tenopir, King, Spencer and Wu (2009) report disciplinary and career stage differences in academic reading of scholarly journals, including the amount academics read…

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