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You can publish anywhere!!

November 16th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
It’s Willets* who says it; not me! The instructions to assessment panels are that they must judge on the basis of quality, quality, quality – not location, location, location. So individual researchers can submit pieces of work that have appeared … Continue reading

The importance of understanding participatory media

November 13th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
For the past 3 1/2 years I have been looking at the impact the web has had on the practices of Academics who are highly engaged in virtual environments. This inevitably takes me to explore the social side of their … Continue reading

My PhD Research in plain English

October 6th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
Answer meme #1 of the Writing Researcher challenge My research focuses on the use of participatory media by academic researchers in the current changing environment. In this post I will try to deconstruct this title into something more intelligible to … Continue reading

My Ph.D in plain English

October 3rd, 2011 by Cristina Costa
This week I’m going to respond to this challenge. This is just a test post to test the pinging effect.   http://virtual-doc.salford.ac.uk/pgrs/author/cristinacost/

Social Media and Career Management

June 29th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
Last week my Colleagues Tahira Majothi and Fiona Christie organised a very interesting, and may I say, important event for Graduate Students. The event focused on the digital society and the impact it has, or better, should have, on one’s … Continue reading

Personal Branding, Digital Scholarship, and that thing called PhD

March 27th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
I have been meaning to blog. I actually feel the need, but in the end it’s a bit like sport. The more you do it, the more energy you find to keep doing it. Once you start ‘tricking’ the routine, … Continue reading

Create a Research Space

February 27th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
The CARS approach I am not sure if I have published this is any of my blogs. If I haven’t, I meant to. Be that as it may, I will publish it here now as I think this is quite … Continue reading

The future of research publishing and communication

January 18th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
A couple of months ago I mentioned this event organised by RIN that I went to. The event sought to answer the following question The future of scholarly publishing – where we go from here? The debate shifted in many … Continue reading

New Year…

January 16th, 2011 by Cristina Costa
…. some new beginnings HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! Before I go into the new year though, let me summarise what happened in the last few weeks of 2010. It’s been a while since I last posted here, but there are … Continue reading

A week of events

October 30th, 2010 by Cristina Costa
It started on Monday and it only stopped on Friday. It was literally a week full of events worth writing home about! And I just wish the days were longer or I could cope without sleeping! Yes, I do sleep, … Continue reading
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