Category Archives: Academic Publishing

PhD Dissertation Lengths

Marcus Beck, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, has created a chart demonstrating the varying average lengths of PhD dissertations by discipline. According to io9, “Beck took the pressure of readying for his defense and channeled it toward … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Research Revises Economic Advice

Graduate student research ideally develops new analysis and criticism by employing new evidence and/or new methods. Thomas Herndon, a graduate student in Economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, recently made a finding that has major significance for economic policies worldwide. … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Academia

An alternate universe of Pseudo-Academia has appeared and it is rapidly growing. Many researchers and authors, including myself, are excited about the possibilities of open access publishing. Open access models have the potential to increase accessibility to new research, to … Continue reading

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Roger Ebert and the Art of Film Reviewing

Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert has died following a battle with cancer. Ebert was the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than three decades, as well as co-host of the popular television show At the Movies. Ebert … Continue reading

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Jane Goodall Plagiarism Accusations

World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall has been accused of committing plagiarism in her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants. Goodall’s book apparently uses passages from various internet sites, including Wikipedia, without quotations or attribution. … Continue reading

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The Role of Dissertation Research

An article, provocatively entitled “The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended,” in the Chronicle of Higher Education discusses new digital models for dissemination of dissertation research. Stacey Patton, the author, begins her article by stating: “The dissertation is broken, many … Continue reading

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Plagiarism and Politics

Acts of plagiarism often have significant costs, especially in the fields of politics and higher education. Numerous high-profile cases of plagiarism have led to the resignations of politicians, government ministers, educational administrators, university presidents, and other officials over the past … Continue reading

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