Research May 27th, 2015

A look back at Wiley’s International Women’s Day celebration

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our blog celebrating gender equality. We were thrilled to see more than 130 comments over the course of the twenty days, with some really interesting discussions throughout. Our website was trafficked by 189 countries all around the world, making this a truly international celebration. In her contribution…

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Research May 26th, 2015

Finding time to publish as a medical student: 6 tips for success

Since I started medical school in August 2014, there has been a continuing battle for my time. Didactic lectures, independent coursework, clinical skills training, specialty interest groups, community service requirements, the list goes on and on. In addition, my classmates and I are encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities that contribute to our professional development…

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Research May 22nd, 2015

Are scientific collaboration networks advancing research?

What social network do researchers use more than Twitter, Google+, Facebook or LinkedIn, and almost as much as Google Scholar? The answer, which may come as a surprise to everyone but researchers themselves, is ResearchGate. The company, founded in 2008, has over 6 million registered users and a high level of user engagement. Whereas ResearchGate…

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Authors May 21st, 2015

Five tips to help editors find the best reviewers

It is obvious that having the best, most qualified, most diligent reviewers is desirable both for guiding editor’s decisions and giving authors feedback. Finding the best reviewers, however, can be a real challenge. Editors, being experts in their fields, will already have a number of contacts in their areas that they can call on, but…

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Societies May 20th, 2015

Membership across the generations: a personal view

The recent Wiley Membership Survey posed some interesting questions for me to ponder as I look at our membership strategy for The Physiological Society. As a learned society that publishes, membership subscriptions comprise only 3% of our income. Coming here, just a year ago, from a membership function in a financial professional body where subscriptions…

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Societies May 18th, 2015

Top tweets from the International and European Associations Congress

Earlier this month, we attended the 14th International and European Associations Congress hosted in picturesque Lausanne, Switzerland. The conference was held over two days and promised to provide insights and methods to tackle some of the most challenging issues currently facing societies and associations. The conference certainly delivered as we heard some excellent case studies and…

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Research May 15th, 2015

Life after the thesis

I own a website and blog called From PhD to Life. I started the site nearly a year after my PhD defense. It has chronicled my journey since then, as well as provided a platform for sharing the stories of others who’ve transitioned from graduate school to something other than a tenure-track position. Readers of…

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Research May 14th, 2015

What are researchers up to in their “free” time?

Wiley collaborates with early career researchers through our Wiley Advisors program, a group of ECRs and professionals who serve as a voice for their communities. For more information, please visit Wiley Advisors online or on twitter @WileyAdvisors. [View the story “I asked academics what they do apart from research” on Storify]

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Research May 13th, 2015

PhDs gone pear shaped: a chat with my mate Dave

“I don’t know many people that finished a PhD in three years.” Dave (name changed), one of my dearest friends, was already four years into his PhD when I started mine in early 2012. He was ‘almost finished’ back then. About a month ago he pulled together his first full draft. I don’t know a…

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Research May 12th, 2015

Improving PhD completion rates: where should we start?

Doctoral attrition rates are high in North America: an estimated 40% to 50% of candidates never finish. Though these rates have been relatively stable over time, the issue is of growing concern given recent increases in PhD enrollment. According to the OECD, enrollment in advanced research programs in the US and Canada rose by approximately…

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