Authors March 19th, 2015

Four tips for planning your career

Planning your career could be considered to be a contradiction in terms. How can you plan something which is largely out of your control? How can you predict whether and when a job will be advertised by an employer, or influence where it will be located? Furthermore, how can you plan for a career, if…

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Authors March 12th, 2015

How, when and why to say no to a review request

In his recent post on the editor’s view of peer review best practice, Brian Johnson highlighted the importance of prompt responses to review invitations – particularly if the reviewer is not able to undertake the review.  In today’s post, Andrew Moore, Editor-in-Chief of BioEssays and Inside the Cell explores the decision to decline a review…

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Authors March 5th, 2015

Article introductions: more important than you thought!

Journal editors and reviewers are looking for novelty, significance and relevance to their readers when they read your submitted article. Your abstract can make claims about these features, but does not provide space for the evidence to back them up. The introduction is the place for that. Guidelines for selecting, ordering and presenting that evidence…

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Authors February 26th, 2015

How to promote your published content through podcasts

Over the past three months, I have learned some of the implications of the molecular re-inscription of race in science, law and medicine. I’ve heard the thoughts of one of Britain’s leading surgeons on the future of surgical innovation. I’ve got an interesting perspective on regional development in the global economy while at the same…

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Authors February 12th, 2015

Across the desk: An Editor’s guide to peer review best practice

Peer review is an intricate system, based on trust and professionalism, as colleagues try to evaluate an ever-increasing volume of papers on short timeframes. On the one hand, the process looks simple: manuscripts are sent out to external experts with a request for evaluation, upon which an editorial decision is then based. But anyone who…

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Authors February 5th, 2015

How to be a positive academic leader

Being an author and researcher can often feel like a juggling act at the best of times, and if your role includes a management or leadership role, it’s easy to feel frustrated or overwhelmed. One of the biggest surprises to confront new academic leaders is how much conflict and negativity they’re called on to deal…

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Authors January 22nd, 2015

Cooperation not confrontation- how to convince referees and respond to reviews

Some of the most difficult people to convince about new ideas, especially unusual or controversial ones, are experts. In other words, the reviewers who are likely to be peer-reviewing your paper are also those who are likely to be the most skeptical about it. Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage of the peer-review system…

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Authors January 15th, 2015

5 tips for promoting your research through Facebook

Let’s face it; whether you love it or love to hate it, for now, Facebook is here to stay. With 71% of online adults using Facebook, the channel presents a real opportunity for authors and researchers like you, to promote their work, assuming you have the bandwidth to maintain it. However, before you jump headfirst…

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Authors January 8th, 2015

Helping Early Career Researchers to get peer review right

In 2013, more than 1.4 million scholarly articles were published in peer reviewed journals. As the rate of scholarly articles published each year increases, so does the pressure on peer review. In the 2009 Sense About Science peer review survey , 67% of respondents felt that formal training of reviewers would improve the quality of reviews. While…

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