Research Authors August 25th, 2015

A conversation with Lachlan Coin of Academic Karma

Lachlan Coin completed a Bachelors degree of Science at the Australian National University in 1999, and a PhD at the University of Cambridge, in bioinformatics in 2005.  He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London and in 2012 took up a position as group leader at…

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Authors August 20th, 2015

8 reasons why journals reject manuscripts

You’ve put a great deal of time and effort into your manuscript, so you want to make sure that it stands the best possible chance of getting accepted into the journal of your choice. However, too many manuscripts are rejected because of easy to avoid errors or oversights. This infographic from Editage (used with permission) lists…

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Authors August 13th, 2015

What to do when you’re late with a peer review report: advice from an editor

So, you’ve agreed to review that paper from so-and-so et al. From the title and abstract, it sounded worth your time, and you really were going to do it before July 15th. But now you’ve received a reminder from editorial that you’re overdue with your report. Worse still, you’re sitting at the departure gate waiting…

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Authors August 6th, 2015

How to turn your dissertation into journal articles

Depending on your institution’s guidelines, you will either finish your PhD by having a number of papers accepted for publication, or by writing a “big book”-style thesis. This post is entirely aimed at those of us who spend months on end delivering a thesis of several hundreds of pages. We might be overly proud of…

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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 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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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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Authors July 16th, 2015

PEERE-ing into peer review

  Professor Flaminio Squazzoni is chair of PEERE, a project (‘Action’) funded by the European Union to explore issues around journal and grant peer review, running from 2014 to 2018. I recently spoke with Professor Squazzoni to learn more about PEERE’s mission, milestones, and desired outcomes.    Q. Give us some background on the PEERE…

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Authors July 2nd, 2015

Writing a literature review: six steps to get you from start to finish

Writing a literature review is often the most daunting part of writing an article, book, thesis, or dissertation. “The literature” seems (and often is) massive. I have found it helpful to be as systematic as possible when completing this gargantuan task. Sonja Foss and William Walters* describe an efficient and effective way of writing a…

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Research Authors July 1st, 2015

Using figshare to enable data sharing

You are no doubt aware of the growing interest in increasing access to publicly funded research data. The value of data – broadly defined as digital outputs of research – is recognized by funders globally and in all disciplines. Opening access to the world’s research data offers huge potential to improve the transparency of research,…

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