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Rocky & Bullwinkle: Getting tenure, promotion, publishing, grantmanship, and happiness Dr. Alan Zollman Northern Illinois University November 14, 2009.

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1 Rocky & Bullwinkle: Getting tenure, promotion, publishing, grantmanship, and happiness Dr. Alan Zollman Northern Illinois University November 14, 2009 2:30-5:55 pm School Science & Mathematics Association 2008 Annual Convention Raleigh-Durham, NC November 14, 2009 2:30-5:55 pm School Science & Mathematics Association 2008 Annual Convention Raleigh-Durham, NC

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

3 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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5 Get Down and Write 1. Writing Circle 2. Write Everyday for 15 Minutes 3. Not What You Did, But Why It Is Interesting 4. Elevator pitch = summary that is short enough to give during an elevator ride 5. Read Out Loud Your Writing

6 Get Down and Write 6.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”

7 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

8 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

9 Dr. Alan Zollman Dept. of Mathematical Sciences Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL 60115 815/753-6750 zollman@math.niu.edu


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