Dr. Kevin Steinmetz is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University. He was involved in beginning the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology and presently serves as its book review editor. Beyond his editorial practice, Dr. Steinmetz is a critical criminologist who researches hacker culture, technocrime, racial inequality in probation, and other issues in criminology. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Perverted Behavior, Race & Justice, and Criminal Justice Review. In the very first part of the interview, Dr. Steinmetz discussed the importance of book reviews for authors, readers, and the discipline as a entire. In this last part of our interview, Dr. Steinmetz shares his perspectives[…]

By James M. Lang July 05, 2011 In the late 1990s, when Ray McCandless was asked to create a public-administration concentration in the M.B.A. program at the University of Findlay, he dreamed to include a memorable capstone practice. Instead of a standard academic thesis, he hoped to find an alternative that would still give the students a written project to mention in their graduate-school applications and interviews. A longtime user of case studies—standard pedagogical fare in business-school courses—McCandless hit upon a unique solution: Instead of simply asking students to learn from a case investigate, he would ask students to write an original one of their own. A dozen years later, McCandless is still having students write their own case studies,[…]

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A writer’s love of writing does motivate us in the long-term, yes. But the dirty little secret is that sometimes writers need a little kick in the butt to get us motivated in the short-term, during the day-to-day battles of the long-long-long drawn out war. I’m not telling we can live without passion and love for our art. Yes, love is a good solid base for our writing careers, but it is our capacity to utilize devices for self-motivation that keeps us building on that strong base. We writers have to be Truly good at motivating ourselves because sometimes we’re the only ones around to motivate… ourselves. Here are several methods that I have found helpful: 1. Prize Yourself For[…]

A key skill in writing is using the right words. Academics and researchers have extensive vocabularies. It takes years of studying a subject to master its jargon. However, when it comes to using words, it is not the specialized terminology of a subject that worries academics; the difficulty lies in using words that are common to most genres of academic writing irrespective of the subject or the domain. Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English [1] concentrates on just those words, which it refers to as “general academic” words. It is a dictionary for those who are learning English specifically to pursue academic studies in different subjects including the sciences. The dictionary that has been designed to “meet the particular needs[…]

A century ago, defining an author was fairly straightforward in academia—most articles were written by single authors who were solely responsible for the research conducted. Complexities have arisen in the last several decades with the enhancing scope of research, which has engendered collaboration inbetween researchers and institutes across disciplines and specializations and led to an increase in the number of authors per paper.1,Two The involvement of numerous individuals in different capacities naturally evokes the question of who should be credited and held accountable for the research published, especially since careers, ethics, and scientific integrity are at stake. This article outlines the major concepts pertaining to authorship. Who is an author? The need for definite guidelines on authorship is disparate across[…]