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How to write

Research science is a very varied discipline, and almost any personal deficit can be compensated for by working with the right team. I for example am clumsy and fairly useless in the lab, but my team are excellent, and so … Continue reading

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How to structure a presentation

Once you have done some research and have some results, it is time to present these to the outside world. This might be as an abstract, a poster, a data-blitz talk, a full talk, a journal article, a grant proposal … Continue reading

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How to write a winning grant proposal

I have been doing a fair bit of grant-reviewing lately, as well as having won a few grants of my own in the past, and have been slowly building up a template of what a winning grant looks like. Here … Continue reading

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How to make high-res figures for a paper

So you’ve written your paper and made beautiful PowerPoint graphs of your data, and some explanatory schematic diagrams, and it’s all good to go. You log onto the submission website, upload your manuscript and then start on the figures. At … Continue reading

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Redefining “professor” won’t fix the leaky pipeline

The leaky pipeline is a well-described phenomenon in which women selectively fail to progress in their careers. In scientific academia, the outcome is that while women make up >50% undergraduates across science as a whole, they make up <20% professors. … Continue reading

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Is boycotting “luxury journals” really the answer?

Recently, the newly crowned Nobel laureate Randy Schekman caused a controversy by advising scientists to boycott what he called the “luxury journals” Science, Nature and Cell, which he claims create distorting incentives in the field. He said “Just as Wall … Continue reading

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The h-index – what does it really measure?

OK I’ll admit it, I look at people’s h-indices. It’s a secret, shameful habit. I do it, even though I know I shouldn’t  I do it even when I’m trying not to. I sometimes do it to myself, and then get depressed. You … Continue reading

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