As we move into the New Year, we at NCIS are excited to share our impressive line up of webinars in 2022, including a new series on upskilling/reskilling to enhance our digital skills and brands (a new benefit for NCIS members). These presentations will be interesting as well as contribute to our growth and development as scholars. Additional topics may be added throughout the year. You can reserve your place on Eventbrite, but we ask you to log in to the meeting via Zoom.
Letters, Lines, and Logs: Researching Early Modern Atlantic Merchant Ships, presented by Philip Reid, maritime historian and a 2021 Eisenstein Essay Prize winner.
                    Saturday 18 June, 2pm Eastern Time (US); 7pm GMT (UK); 8pm (Europe).
                    Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/national-coalition-of-independent-scholar...
Coming up:
     Sandbox Party Based on a successful, similar event in September 2021, we will offer this again sometime in 2022. Does the title intrigue you? Good. Stay tuned for more details.

2 April 2022  SKILLS 2: Demystifying Special Collections and Archives for Independent Scholars, presented by special collections specialist Joanna Baines
12 Feb 2022  SKILLS 1: Social Media and Your Research Identity, presented by Hannah Pethen-Barrett, PhD
  7 Nov 2021  "Independent Publishing," presented by Philip Stover, RioVista Press. PPT available on www.nowinconclusion.com.
16 Oct 2021  "Independent Scholarship: A Colloquy with Ron Gross (author of the seminal Handbook for Independent Scholars)
19 Sept 2021 "Sandbox Party" Come and meet other independent scholars, compare notes, make friends in your discipline and beyond. Bring your own drinks and snacks!
23 June 2021 "Creativity in Research" presented by Helen Kara, PhD
15 May 2021 "Chronology of a Transnational Social Movement: Japanese American A-Bomb Survivors and their Community Newspaper (Rafu Shimpo)"  presented by Gloria R. Montebruno Saller, Ph.D. (NCIS Research Grant recipient)
17 Apr 2021 "The Early 18th-Century Apocalypse: How the Unforeseen Actions of a Few People Forever Changed Our World of War, Plague, and Smallpox, " presented by Margaret DeLacy, PhD

We are frequently asked about ethical approval, and although we have not been able to offer this out=rselves we are pleased to share this link to a post by Dr Helen Kara which will answer many of your questions.

Valerie Abrahamsen D.Th.  Blog posts relating to the past such as women in antiquity and early church history: https://www.wisdomwordsppf.org/blog/
Helen Kara, Ph.D. Research and evaluation in higher education, social care, health, and the third sector: https://helenkara.com/blog/
Cathy Mazak, Ph.D. Academic writing coach for womxn: https://www.cathymazak.com/blog/
Kathleen Stein-Smith, Ph.DForeign language deficit and related French and foreign language issues.  Language Matters: https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/
If you would like your own academic blog featured here, please contact us on info@ncis.org.

Free, virtual  programs available from the UK-based Hay Festival (programme in British Summer Time). https://www.hayfestival.com/home
Free resources during the Covid epidemic: https://library.lasalle.edu/covidfree?fbclid=IwAR0Ygcv9OWUMHs9OMfc8Gl5ix-Xnpr3UV3cbkVrc3vKbkyBmH8wGVN4Fcd8
Project Muse: Open access https://about.muse.jhu.edu/muse/open-access-overview/
How to Thrive in Academia https://www.facultydiversity.org/fallaccess?fbclid=IwAR0Ygcv9OWUMHs9OMfc8Gl5ix-Xnpr3UV3cbkVrc3vKbkyBmH8wGVN4Fcd8
Women's History Month https://womenshistorymonth.gov/?fbclid=IwAR1iUvi_e-551q1dVsU7ZpZMtZAJ2r4QcAflRJvn_zHfw46o9pVDcf6i_hA
If there's a broken link, or you know of more free resources for indies, please email us on info@ncis.org.

To help you stay focused and achieve your research goals. Team up with one or more researchers for (usually silent) writing sessions:
FocusMate 50-minute 1-2-1 sessions. Can specify preferred gender of study partner. Up to 3 sessions per week for free.  www.focusmate.com
FIRE-UK Writing Group (for UK-based indies) - contact Vanessa Mongey vanessa.mongey@ncis.org
MoocLab Study Buddy https://www.mooclab.club/study_buddy/
If you can recommend other platforms, please let us know on info@ncis.org.

Also available TO NCIS MEMBERS

(by logging in to Members Only area):


Podcast: “Publishing Your Thesis”
This podcast on “Publishing Your Thesis” is the result of an NCIS webinar featuring panelists Jess Farr-Cox (academic editor), Dr Lyle Skains (creative digital writer) and Dr Jasmine Shadrack (music sociologist).

The questions tackled in this podcast include:

  •     whether to publishing your research as journal articles or as a book…or both!
  •      the emotional effect of revisiting your thesis
  •      the transition from thesis to book
  •      when to reach out to a publisher
  •     personal writing style: academic or narrative
  •     digital vs. print publications


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