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2019 has been another busy year for DoctoralWriting, just as it has been for our readers around the world. Recently we passed the 15,000 followers mark. We’ve published another 35 posts this year, with the following guest bloggers based in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa contributing to the conversation – thank you all!

Author Post title
Anthony Paré Scholarship as collaboration: Towards a generous rhetoric
Liezel Frick Deciding on a dissertation format: Considering the implications of a PhD by publication
Vijay Kumar Acknowledgements in a doctoral thesis: Humanising the examination process?
Cecile Badenhorst, Brittany Amell & James Burford Re-Imagining doctoral writing: An agenda for research
Ana María Benton Zavala & Ian Brailsford It’s not over until it’s over: Writing a doctoral graduation citation
Ailsa Naismith How many research languages do you speak? (The answer may surprise you)
Katrien Pickles The plan and the eventual reality
Susan Mowbray Using mind maps, memos, and abductive reasoning to help theorise your findings
Trang Thu Thi Nguyen Doctoral writing: Are you ready to unlearn what you have learnt?
Ruth Weatherall Writing the doctoral thesis differently
Hannah James & Cally Guerin Another genre for doctoral writers: Eight things you should know about email

We’d also like to acknowledge the role of our associate colleagues Susan Mowbray and Juliet Lum (QPR Special Interest Group Coordinators) who have initiated bi-monthly virtual discussions via Zoom on a wide range of topics.  Susan and Juliet will be facilitating these and other initiatives in 2020 – keep an eye out for updates.

We three co-editors, Susan Carter, Claire Aitchison and Cally Guerin, have been busy collecting our own posts together into a book that Springer will publish early next year under the title Doctoral Writing: Practices, Processes and Pleasures. It has been deeply satisfying to bring together the work we have done together since 2012 and also to note how doctoral writing has endured and matured as a field of interest and scholarship. Our hope is that this collection of blogs spanning more than 7 years will enable readers to more easily see the breadth and diversity of issues, practices and delights we have shared. We’ll let you know when it is available early in the new year.

Personally it has been another big year for us three editors – Claire has stayed in South Australia continuing her position at the University of South Australia; Cally has been working with Inger Mewburn at Australian National University; and Susan has had another year at the University of Auckland, including preparation for a sabbitical leave in the first semester of 2020. From our different locations and institutions, we have continued to write and publish together and separately about doctoral writing.  Irrespective of our institutional roles—dynamic, busy, sometimes challenging—we continue to be energised and centred by our common interests in writing and doctoral education.

We’ll be back again in February, with lots of new ideas and suggestions as we gear up for the Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) conference in Adelaide, South Australia in April (where the inspiration for this blog originated). We hope to see some of you there, presenting your research and joining the discussions about all things doctoral.

In the meantime, we wish you all a joyous and peaceful festive season, whether you are in the northern winter, the southern summer or somewhere in between.

Susan, Claire & Cally