How to succeed as a scientist : from postdoc to professor by Barbara J. Gabrys

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This particular, sensible consultant for postdoctoral researchers and graduate scholars explains the best way to construct and excellent the required learn instruments and dealing talents to construct a occupation in academia and past. it's in accordance with winning education workshops run by way of the authors: first, it describes the instruments wanted for autonomous learn, from writing papers to making use of for educational jobs; it then introduces abilities to thrive in a brand new activity, together with dealing with and interacting with others, designing a taught direction and giving a superb lecture; and it concludes with a piece on handling your profession, from tips on how to deal with rigidity to figuring out the better schooling process. filled with beneficial good points encouraging readers to use the idea to their person scenario, the ebook is usually illustrated all through with real-world case experiences to permit readers to benefit from others' event. it's a important guide for everybody trying to make a profitable clinical profession.

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Where to publish? The increasing number of scientists and the competition to get papers published has resulted in the proliferation of scientific journals. Original research is mainly published as papers or letters in one of these many journals and the first task before writing a paper is to decide where you want to submit it. Every discipline has got a pecking order and you certainly have an idea of which journal is top in your field. A simple quantitative measure is the Impact Factor (IF). This is the average number Chapter 3: Writing a quality research paper 29 of citations for a journal in any given year, based on the previous two years.

Peach, K. (2010). Presenting Science: A Practical Guide to Giving a Good Talk. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Lagendijk, A. (2008) Survival Guide for Scientists. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 3 Writing a quality research paper A quality research paper requires more than good data. This chapter provides guidelines for best writing practice. The steps involved are illustrated both in principle and with examples from published papers. The aim is to highlight the fact that writing a good scientific paper demands more than the ability to write good english.

Polarization analysis of thermal-neutron scattering. Physical Review, 181, 920–31. , Konishi, T. & Kanaya, T. (2008). A high-resolution small-angle light scattering instrument for soft matter studies. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 41, 723–8. Russell, N. J. (2010). Communicating Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Starbuck, W. H. (2005). How much better are the most-prestigious journals? The statistics of academic publication. Organization Science, 16, 180–200. 4 Handling scientific criticism As scientists we are all exposed to criticism – it is one of the benefits of working in a discipline where rigour is seen as a community responsibility.

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