Advice for successful academic research – now all in one place!

I’ve published a number of posts over the years on this blog that have provided advice on how to undertake successful academic research. I’ve created a short PDF document that brings six of these posts together in the one place. It is available here: Lupton – Advice for Successful Academic Research.

This is the content of the PDF:

  1. 30 Tips for Successful Academic Research and Publishing
  2. 15 Top Tips for Revising Journal Articles
  3. Ten Tips for Increasing Your Academic Visibility
  4. Tips for Qualitative Researchers Seeking Funding – What Not to Leave Out of Your Grant Applications
  5. Opening Up Your Research – Self-Archiving for Sociologists
  6. Why I Blog


10 thoughts on “Advice for successful academic research – now all in one place!

  1. This is a great list, Deborah, and I have shared it at my school.

    I thought I might reflect on the importance of the academic blog (and please go visit my brand new one at !). I have been blogging on FB for six years now, and have just moved to WordPress, for two main reasons: ethics and aesthetics. But I am not writing to praise WP, rather to talk about why blogging has added to my academic profile and to my ability to think more deeply, and make more of a difference.

    More than six years ago, I engaged with you on this page about academic blogging. I was worried about putting ideas out in a public forum before they had been properly formed in my own head. I thought I might be exposing myself. I have no problem with that now, and indeed see this exposure as beneficial, nay, fruitful! I have learned so much via this exposure!

    The academic blog has forced me to do a number of things:

    Firstly, it requires me to engage, several times a week, with either the academy, the press, or popular culture, to examine the importance of my scholarly position; and then write about it! In this sense, it keeps me honest. My blog makes sure my ideas are “real” and relevant to a broader group.

    Secondly, it forces me to communicate in a broad accessible way. It makes me break down my ideas so that someone from outside of my esoteric academic community can understand and engage. The result of this is that I understand better!

    And finally, it has helped me to make new intellectual friends. The number of people who have engaged with me who now work with me, use my work in their own papers (and even some, write WITH me!), feed me ideas (even though they may not comment publicly) has been surprising, and, to overuse a word, fruitful.

    Thanks for blogging Deborah, and go take a peek at my new blog. Hope you like it!

  2. Thanks for sharing this Deborah. I’m about to embark on my first ‘real’ academic job, so this advice is incredibly useful for me!

  3. Dear Professor Lupton,

    Thank you so much for your life-saving document. I love every advice you put in there. Especially these: “I rub off tasks as I complete them (usually with a great sense of accomplishment!).” I often write my task in my planner and when I rub off them, it motivates me to do more.

    Thank you again.


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