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Rocky & Bullwinkle:Getting tenure, promotion, publishing, grantmanship, and happinessDr. Alan ZollmanNorthern Illinois University

November 14, 2009

2:30-5:55 pm

School Science & Mathematics Association

2008 Annual Convention

Raleigh-Durham, NC


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What is the highest correlated aspect with respect to manuscripts being accepted for publications?


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What is the highest correlated aspect with respect to manuscripts being accepted for publications?ANSWER is : (a colon in the title)


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Get Down and Write

Writing Circle

Write Everyday for 15 Minutes

Not What You Did, But Why It Is Interesting

Elevator pitch = summary that is short enough to give during an elevator ride

Read Out Loud Your Writing


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Get Down and Write

Paragraphs

#1: motivation: broadly, what is problem area, why important?

# 2: narrow down: what is problem you specifically consider

# 3: “In the paper, we ….”: most crucial paragraph, tell your elevator pitch

# 4: how different/better/relates to other work

# 5: “The remainder of this paper is structured as follows”


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Get Down and Write

7. less is more: “I would have sent you less if I had had time”

8. page upon page of dense text is no fun to read

9. 40 tables is no fun to read either

10. Don’t overstate/understate your results 

11. Put your Title in front of you


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References:

Jim Kurose, Top Ten Tips for Writing

http://www-net.cs.umass.edu/kurose/writing/intro-style.html

Tara Gray, Publish and Flourish. Teaching academy, New Mexico State University Press 2005


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Dr. Alan ZollmanDept. of Mathematical Sciences Northern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, IL 60115815/753-6750zollman@math.niu.edu


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