Category: Top 5

The key elements of a research story – Top Posts of 2015: Academic Writing

Who, What, Where, When, Why: Using the 5 Ws to communicate your research A lay summary can be a useful approach to breaking down barriers and making research accessible. A good summary focuses on the important aspects of the research, but distilling this information is not always easy. A helpful starting point for identifying the key elements of a research story can be the […]

Top Posts of 2015: Social Media and Digital Scholarship

An antidote to futility: Why academics (and students) should take blogging / social media seriously Blogs are now an established part of the chattersphere/public conversation, especially in international development circles, but Duncan Green finds academic take-up lacking. Here he outlines the major arguments for taking blogging and social media seriously. It doesn’t need to become another onerous time-commitment. Reading a […]

Playing the (open) publishing game – Top Posts of 2015: Open Access

What does Academia_edu’s success mean for Open Access? The data-driven world of search engines and social networking With over 36 million visitors each month, the massive popularity of is uncontested. But posting on is far from being ethically and politically equivalent to using an institutional open access repository, argues Gary Hall.’s financial rationale rests on exploiting the data flows generated […]

2015 Year-In-Review: LSE Impact Blog’s Most Popular Posts

It has become a tradition on the Impact Blog to look back at the end of the year and share a round-up of our top posts. Managing Editor Sierra Williams delves into the Google Analytics and provides a list of the most viewed pieces along with a wider look at our top tweets and our most captivating posts (minutes per page) on the LSE […]

Collaborative writing tools, useless titles and a long-term strategy for open science: Popular Posts of 2014

It has become tradition the last few years for us to take a look back at the past year’s most popular posts on the Impact blog. This year’s list features a diverse range of topics from collaborative writing tools to the more theoretical implications of neoliberalism on research openness. Many thanks to all our contributors for creating and allowing us […]

Editors’ Choice: Round-up of our favourite posts from the last year.

Season’s Greetings from the Impact Blog! We wish our readers a restful holiday ahead of next year’s research-filled excitement. In 2014 the blog featured a range of evidence-based analysis and fresh perspectives on academic impact, from low citation rates in the humanities to reports of economists accepting sex in exchange for co-authorship. In case you missed them the first time around, […]

Continue the momentum of your research and explore wider areas of interest: our top five posts on Academic Blogging

For our final Top Five overview piece highlighting our most-read pieces of the last year, we present the top five blogs on the theme of academic blogging. These posts provide helpful advice for those looking to get more involved in … Continue reading

Research is about making sense of things and channelling further thought: our top five posts on how to write

Our posts on the process of writing well proved popular with our readers again this year. Here are our top five most read pieces on academic writing.  Science and the English Language – lessons from George Orwell Drawing on George … Continue reading