“Modifying the Current Flow from Negative to Positive (Data!)”

Britney Lizama, B.S.

Scientists are experts at asking questions, analyzing, and critiquing. We are also taught that while there are rules and facts in biology, exceptions to rules exist – in fact, we expect …

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Making Lemonade: A Retraction Watch Interview

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Retraction. Its a word that for many scientists is synonymous with phrases like ‘failure’, ‘dishonesty’, and ‘career ending’. A recent Retraction Watch features an interview with Pamela Roland, a Professor …

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I'm the Problem: My Generation's Addiction to Bibliometrics

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Publication-based measures of scientific impact provide little of value to the research community. Despite assertions that bibliometrics can improve the evaluation of scientists and their establishments, we lack a qualitative …

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Expectations for Trainee Publication Output

Rebecca Helton, MA

A question arrived about publication expectations for trainees at the blog mailbox recently. “I was wondering if you would consider a blog post and perhaps encouraging discussion on a related …

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Writing Environments

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Writing is an inherently social activity — we write for others — that we most often undertake in solitude. This is one of writing’s great contradictions. We write for an audience, …

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Make It About the Science

David Calkins, PhD

By keeping referencing about the science rather than the scientists, navigating peer review becomes a bit less treacherous.

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Random Reflections on Getting Published

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Kirsten Bell, associate editor for Critical Public Health, spills the beans on what it takes to get published, including strategic submission dates, how to challenge an editorial decision, and doing …

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Why Your Favorite Journals Need to Put a Dog in the Ethics Fight*

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

There is nothing an journal editor loves more than seeing a late night email from my best friend, Paul Brookes, in their mailbox. Paul is a genius. Well, technically he’…

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The I in Team

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A recent Chronicle of Higher Ed article argues that “team science leaves many researchers lost in the crowd.”  Though the article centers on the challenges of assigning appropriate credit for …

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