The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival

A Short Guide to Design Your Own Strategy and Survive Bibliometrics, Conferences, and Unreal Expectations in Academia

Abel Polese

ibidem Press

The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival

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Pub Date: October 2018

ISBN: 9783838211992

120 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00

The SCOPUS Diaries and the (il)logics of Academic Survival

A Short Guide to Design Your Own Strategy and Survive Bibliometrics, Conferences, and Unreal Expectations in Academia

Abel Polese

ibidem Press

Now that academics are required to be teachers, managers, media catalyzers, analysts, fundraisers, and social media animals: How do you strike a good balance between what is expected from you and what you want to do?

What conferences to attend? How to find the money to go there? Is it worth it to act as a peer reviewer? What publishers are best to target? Is publishing a chapter in an edited book worth the work?

This book is intended to help scholars to design and think strategically about their own career. Beginning with “How to get published in good journals,” it explores a number of questions that most academics encounter at various stages of their careers.
Polese’s demystification of peer review and the high-stakes gambit of academic publishing is well overdue. He lifts the lid on both overall strategies and the no less important nitty-gritty aspects. Jeremy Morris, Aarhus University
There have recently been several depictions of the precarity of contemporary academic life, but The Scopus Diaries stands out among these. What is refreshing in Polese's book is that it moves beyond mere diagnosis—it not only identifies key problematics but also productively engages in their potential solution. Martin Demant Frederiksen, University of Copenhagen
This is a must-read if you are in academia and do not yet have a tenured position. Even more urgently, it is a must-read for everyone who wants to or should have to reflect on the complex and sometimes counter-productive logics of today's (social) science production. Heiko Pleines, University of Bremen
The Scopus Diaries is an indispensable guide for early researchers who often find it difficult to balance academic life with their nonacademic passions. If offers a vision of work-life balance from one of the best in the field. A must-read primer for non-Western scholars interested in learning about the academic strategies in the West. Rajan Kumar, Jahawaral Nehru University
The book is a welcome attempt to start a candid, unapologetic discussion about the 'black box' of being an untenured academic. The issues Polese brings into focus using his rich personal experiences will resonate with many colleagues with longer or shorter academic careers due personal experience or that of colleagues. His conclusions, whether one agrees with them or not, will certainly provide food for thought both for experienced as well as aspiring academics. Borbála Kovács, Central European University, Budapest

About the Author

Abel Polese is a scholar, development worker, writer, and wannabe musician (with his children at Multea Music YouTube channel). He works at Dublin City University and has, to date, published fifteen books, over 100 peer-reviewed chapters and articles, and designed capacity building and training programs on the Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America (funded by, inter alia, the EC, UNDP, Erasmus National Agencies, Irish Aid). In addition to “The Scopus Diaries” he has been working on the blog (and future book) “the guide to everywhere,” suggesting an approach to travel that can make people “read” new countries and cultures even when one encounters them for the first time.

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