PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both?
Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga.
I decided to interview her because she is launching her new course “Start Writing And Get It Done“. In it she combines productivity and motivation advice to get you in the habit of writing daily.
This paper highlights existing challenges for effectively translating and disseminating research. It offers alternative strategies for communicating expert knowledge supported by insights from science communication research and related fields. These strategies include investing in new frames of reference and cultural voices, proactively widening the menu of policy options under consideration, and investing in localized public and media forums that provide context on health care problems, encourage collaboration, and bridge several perspectives. Despite evidence supporting their efficacy, these communication strategies should not be seen as a silver bullet but instead as incremental steps that accelerate a long-term process of change.
Some scientific studies are popular from the start, garnering multiple citations from other researchers. But others can languish as 'sleeping beauties' for more than a century before awaking to glorious approval, a study finds
Genomics paper with an unusually high number of authors sets researchers buzzing on social media.
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More than 900 undergraduate students saw their work acknowledged by being listed as co-authors of this paper. On the other hand, this raises questions on what paper authorship (and related metrics) really means.
Figures are often the first part of a scientific paper that is reviewed by the editor, and if the paper is accepted, often the first part examined by your peers. Figures should not be seen as decoration or as attention-getting visual attraction. Visual representations can convey facts, ideas, and relationships far more clearly and concisely than descriptive texto.
The ORI Casebook: Stories about Researchers Worth Discussing (Casebook) does just that. It not only raises awareness of the kinds of ethical dilemmas that researchers are liable to encounter, but it also provides a way for them to learn by working through the dilemmas.
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This is a very complete collection of stories to discuss research conduct. As stated in the introduction: "One of the best ways to explore these complex issues is through stories of cases in which researchers have had to deal with ethical problems and to find a way out of moral quagmires." An accompanying Instructors’ Manual is also available.
“I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.”
Successful Science Communication: Telling It Like It Is [David J. Bennett, Richard C. Jennings, Sir Walter Bodmer] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the 25 years since the 'Bodmer Report' kick-started the public understanding of science movement, there has been something of a revolution in science communication. However
Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything [Philip Ball] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science—that it’s not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission. Yet there was a time when curiosity was condemned. Neither Pandora nor Eve could resist the dangerous allure of unanswered questions
Online science outreach is paradoxically both easy and difficult. While anyone can start a blog and post updates to Twitter, it can be extremely challenging to establish a long-term following and demonstrate solid measures of success. A daunting number of online tools and platforms exist, and choosing where to start can be a difficult task in itself (for an explanation and guide to online tools, see ). As practicing scientists who have contributed to the highly visited marine science blog Deep-Sea News (DSN) for up to nine years, we provide guidance on how scientists, who often have minimal excess time and more pressing priorities, can maximally utilize new media tools. Here, we describe ten rules for conducting effective online outreach, so that other scientists can also enjoy the advantages of disseminating their knowledge and expertise through social media.
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Rule 1: Stop Treating Outreach and Research As Separate Entities
Rule 2: Be Strategic. Be Deliberate
Rule 3: Find Your Niche and Story
Rule 9: Iteratively Assess What Works and What Doesn’t
Whether sharing a spectacular shot from a deep-space probe, announcing a development in genetic engineering, or crafting an easy-to-reference list of cancer risk factors, science public information officers, or PIOs, serve as scientific liaisons, connecting academic, nonprofit, government, and other research organizations with the public. And as traditional media outlets cut back on their science coverage, PIOs are becoming a vital source for science news. W. Matthew Shipman’s Handbook for Science Public Information Officers covers all aspects of communication strategy and tactics for members of this growing specialty. It includes how to pitch a story, how to train researchers to navigate interviews, how to use social media effectively, and how to respond to a crisis. The handbook offers a wealth of practical advice while teaching science PIOs how to think critically about what they do and how they do it, so that they will be prepared to take advantage of any situation, rather than being overwhelmed by it. For all science communicators—whether they’re starting their careers, crossing over from journalism or the research community, or professional communicators looking to hone their PIO skills—Shipman’s Handbook for Science Public Information Officers will become their go-to reference.
Writing a research manuscript is an intimidating process for many novice writers in the sciences. One of the stumbling blocks is the beginning of the process and creating the first draft. This paper presents guidelines on how to initiate the writing process and draft each section of a research manuscript. The paper discusses seven rules that allow the writer to prepare a well-structured and comprehensive manuscript for a publication submission. in addition, the author lists different strategies for successful revision. Each of those strategies represents a step in the revision process and should help the writer improve the quality of the manuscript. The paper could be considered a brief manual for publication.
Understanding the relationship between scientific productivity and research group size is important for deciding how science should be funded. We have investigated the relationship between these variables in the life sciences in the United Kingdom using data from 398 principle investigators (PIs). We show that three measures of productivity, the number of publications, the impact factor of the journals in which papers are published and the number of citations, are all positively correlated to group size, although they all show a pattern of diminishing returns—doubling group size leads to less than a doubling in productivity. The relationships for the impact factor and the number of citations are extremely weak. Our analyses suggest that an increase in productivity will be achieved by funding more PIs with small research groups, unless the cost of employing post-docs and PhD students is less than 20% the cost of a PI. We also provide evidence that post-docs are more productive than PhD students both in terms of the number of papers they produce and where those papers are published.
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