Societies Research Libraries August 5th, 2015

How to create a powerful cover letter

You’ve got two minutes. The typical hiring manager will spend about two minutes reviewing each resume, CareerBuilder estimates. Most employers (86%) typically have more than one employee review candidates’ resumes. Your resume and cover letter need to be relevant, accurate, and powerful. Your cover letter has to hook the reader in the first sentence. After…

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Societies August 4th, 2015

Eliminating restrictive governance within societies and associations

A not-for-profit’s bylaws guide its activities, outlining how it must be governed. They are not meant to provide a blow-by-blow policy and procedures manual, dictating how to execute on every turn an organization may take. Allowing for agility and innovation within an organization means ceding strict governance control, at least in good part, to those…

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Libraries July 31st, 2015

Print vs. digital textbooks and the challenge of meeting student needs

All schools of higher education struggle to keep their costs of attendance as competitive and reasonable as possible. One of the longest, most debated arguments on campus amongst learners and educators is the cost of required textbooks. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), a U.S. federal law, contains a textbook provision that requires publishers and…

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Authors July 30th, 2015

How to deal with reviewer comments

When a manuscript is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, if it is not rejected then it is almost inevitable that the authors will be asked to revise their manuscript before re-submission.  Authors often receive this criticism of their manuscript out of proportion to the actual work that is required.  On the whole, more experienced…

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Research Libraries July 29th, 2015

Making the most of what you have: an interview with Heather Staines of ProQuest SIPX

Heather Staines, Director of Publisher and Content Strategy for ProQuest SIPX, spoke to us recently about how SIPX is serving students, faculty and librarians and what’s next for the start-up. Q. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how SIPX came about? A. I come from the publishing world. I spent a…

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Research Authors July 28th, 2015

What do IKEA, Thomas Edison, and peer review have in common?

What do a Swedish furniture retailer, a nineteenth century inventor, and peer review have in common? On the face of it, not much, but recently I read a book¹ that made me think all three might be more connected than you might think. For those of you (perhaps fortunate few) who have never been into…

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Research July 24th, 2015

Using social media to broaden your career opportunities

Recent studies reveal that less than 5% of Life Sciences PhD graduates chose an academic position or career path. The majority of PhD graduates end up pursuing a number of alternative career paths, such as science communication and policy. There are numerous blogs and articles that detail these choices and their pros and cons. For…

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Authors July 23rd, 2015

How to create awesome images for promoting your work via social media

Social media is probably one of the best ways to get your research noticed. Use images to ensure that your digital profiles are optimized when creating content for your blogs, websites, or social media channels. There are numerous online tools to help you find images, but it’s often hard to figure out if you can…

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Societies Research Libraries July 22nd, 2015

“Statisticians are like cogs in a bigger system”: an interview with Dr Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specializes in unpacking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies, etc. His first book Bad Science has sold over half a million copies to date and reached number one in the UK non-fiction bestseller charts. He is also…

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Societies Research Libraries July 21st, 2015

Broadening horizons and scientific understanding

Douglas Braaten, Executive Director of Scientific Publications at the New York Academy of Sciences, recently filled us in on the latest developments at the Academy, including the launch of a new book series and what the Academy is doing to foster STEM innovation as it enters its third century.  Q. Can you tell us about…

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