ORCID | Connecting Research and Researchers. Gary King and Stuart Shieber on Open Access. Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data. This is a nicely written article. It is an introduction to the realization/implementation of Open Data in the research context. I think it achieves the aim. The language is simple and straight, and the message is delivered. I have got only one suggestion for the actual content. You may want to add to the comparison in Table 2. As the article is aimed to beginners, I tried to read it with such a viewpoint. I realized that the manuscript may benefit from spending some words on the concept of Open Data and the related licenses. Therefore, I have three suggestions for expanding the article. 1) The paper is an introduction to realizing Open Data. 2) As the article is for people with a very little understanding of Open Science stuff, a tiny sub-section (1.1?)
3) Section 9 could be improved with an introduction to CC licenses. 3.1) "Why should I choose a license? 3.2) The difference between public domain and CC0 waiver. I wish you good luck with your endeavor. Research priorities must serve all the world's people - science-in-society. I want science for all, not just the elite, says Princess Sumaya of Jordan, president of her country's Royal Scientific Society Are there problems with how science is viewed in the Arab and Islamic world? Sometimes science is perceived as just a lot of academics sitting in an ivory tower. There hasn't been an understanding of the power of science, its ability to protect lives and put bread on the table. That's why it is so important for people to understand the connection between science and social development.
You claimed recently that too much research is driven by the needs of elite consumers. We are facing a planet without enough water and with a rapidly warming atmosphere: we owe it to the world's population to start looking more carefully at these crucial elements. How can you make sure that scientists serve the people? In Jordan we are now developing a mentorship programme for our young scientists. With the Arab Spring, will we see a resurgence in Arab science? Profile Recommended by. Ten simple rules for structuring papers. Citation: Mensh B, Kording K (2017) Ten simple rules for structuring papers. PLoS Comput Biol 13(9): e1005619. Editor: Scott Markel, Dassault Systemes BIOVIA, UNITED STATES Published: September 28, 2017 Copyright: © 2017 Mensh, Kording. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Funding: The authors received no specific funding for this work. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Overview Good scientific writing is essential to career development and to the progress of science. Introduction Writing and reading papers are key skills for scientists. Clear communication is also crucial for the broader scientific enterprise because “concept transfer” is a rate-limiting step in scientific cross-pollination.
Fig 1. 1. Moments that make a research career worthwhile. Andrew Pontzen, astrophysics postdoc (Image: Andrew Pontzen) For me, there was no epiphany. I didn't dream of being a scientist. I didn't build physics experiments in the garden shed and I rarely stared at the stars - and even when I did, I found them (sorry) a bit boring.
At school I was quite good at maths and physics, but not exceptional - there were people in my class who were better. Although I ended up studying physics (actually, natural sciences) at Cambridge, the plan was to leave after three years with a "good degree" and try for a career in music. In my mind the "good degree" was nothing more than a useful fall-back. But a little over ten years after starting as an undergraduate, I'm still studying. So what happened? And that, I suspect, is why I'm still here: it is the sheer, grinding, lonely difficulty that is actually rather addictive. Life today as a research fellow offers occasional moments of true excitement.
Occasionally, one of the moments turns out to be the real thing. What makes scientists tick? Psychologist Greg Feist is trying to find out what drives scientific curiosity, from ways of thinking to personality types You are championing a new discipline: the psychology of science. What exactly is this? It's the study of the thought and behaviour of scientists, but it also includes the implicit science done by non-scientists - so, for instance, children and infants who are thinking scientifically, trying to figure out the world and developing cognitive conceptual models of how the world works. What areas interest you and what discoveries have you made in this field? The personality characteristic that really stands out for predicting scientific interest is openness to experience: how willing and interested someone is to try new things, to explore, to break out of their habits.
I understand that certain people - Jewish people, for example - are more likely than average to become scientists. What other areas of the psychology of science are ripe for research? Profile More from the web. I am a research scientist, and that's why I drink. Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Dr Kayleigh Dodd, once a hard working, enthusiastic young science graduate preparing myself for an illustrious and distinguished career in medical research. Five years on, my job hangs by a thread, my future somewhat questionable and the best thing that's happened to me this year was a fortuitous meeting with Dr Dean Burnett leading to this very outburst of frustration. I may be exaggerating ever so slightly.
I never really expected to have an illustrious or distinguished career, it was the super-geek within which drove me down this career path. However, the sentiment remains the same; basically, SCIENCE SUCKS. There, I said it, (instantly angering and alienating a large proportion of the readers of this science based blog). For those of you that are still reading, I hate Brian Cox. (I'M KIDDING I'M KIDDING PLEASE DON'T HURT ME!) For many, this isn't a way to live. There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia. It is all too common to see PhD students work themselves to the point of physical and mental illness in order to complete their studies. It is less common to see PhD students who feel that they are under such pressure that the only option is suicide. But it does happen. There is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia – and this needs to change. Following the completion of my PhD and a short stint as a postdoc, I have recently taken up a new job as a researcher development officer at a research-intensive university.
The team I work on provides personal and professional development opportunities to the researchers at the university; including the PhD students, postdocs, and lecturers. When the situation calls for it, we are shoulders to cry on. Yes, I now get paid to relive the worst experience of my life, and hope that I can use that experience to help others.
Worst case scenario: we never meet them at all. Last weekend, there was a funeral. A Survival Guide to Starting and Finishing a PhD. Disclaimer: Everyone’s graduate school experience is different. Mine wasn’t a typical one, mainly because I spent so much time away from campus (in a different state), but hey, most of your PhD experience is independent learning anyways. That’s the best part. Before you begin (or apply) You should really like the field you’re thinking about pursuing a PhD in. You don’t have to have this, but you kind of do. A doctorate is a commitment of several years (for me it was 7), and if you’re not fascinated by your work, it feels like an impossible chore. I don’t know anyone who finished their PhD who wasn’t excited about the field in some way.
On that note, do your research before you apply to programs, and try to find faculty whose interests align with yours. So what I actually did was apply to more than one program and then wait to hear if I got in or not. Consider it a red flag if it’s hard to find faculty information because there’s little to nothing online. Absorb information Find an adviser. Why pursue a PhD. How long is the average dissertation? Average dissertation and thesis length, take two. About a year ago I wrote a post describing average length of dissertations at the University of Minnesota. I've been meaning to expand that post by adding data from masters theses since the methods for gathering/parsing the records are transferable.
This post provides some graphics and links to R code for evaluating dissertation (doctorate) and thesis (masters) data from an online database at the University of Minnesota. In addition to describing data from masters theses, I've collected the most recent data on dissertations to provide an update on my previous post. I've avoided presenting the R code for brevity, but I invite interested readers to have a look at my Github repository where all source code and data are stored. Also, please, please, please note that I've since tried to explain that dissertation length is a pretty pointless metric of quality (also noted here), so interpret the data only in the context that they’re potentially descriptive of the nature of each major. -Marcus. Lol My Thesis. Roger Highfield on science writing: 'Grab them with your first sentence'
What makes a good science story? There's no one-size-fits-all rule, since stories come in many flavours, shapes, colours and sizes. There are Eureka moments, disasters, personal battles, amazing discoveries, baffling mysteries, power struggles, quirky findings, weird insights, you name it. Here's one way you can tell: if you find yourself excitedly recounting a story to a friend who cares not one jot for science, and they don't reach for their beer in despair, or start twiddling with their mobile phone, you're in business. What do you need to know to write well about science? Whatever the subject, angle, tone, length or style, your story has to tickle the fancy of your readers and maintain their interest to the very last word. How do you choose your opening line? Make sure that it hooks your intended victim from the very first word. How do you get the best out of an interviewee? Just remember who you are there to represent: the reader.
How do you use metaphors and analogies in a story? Teaching scientists to talk science. Anna Richards, fire ecology postdoc Read all about it (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) Training and personal development is something that can sometimes get left behind in many post-docs and PhD courses as you struggle to write the next grant application, scientific paper or analyse the next sample. However, programs that develop these areas can be really useful, as I recently discovered. In early June I participated in a national event called Fresh Science. This is actually pretty hard for your average scientist as we hate leaving out the details and caveats, and cringe at "talking up" our science. With this knowledge in hand and a more rosy feeling about interacting with the media, I issued my first media release a few weeks ago.
In effect, the journalist had used my story to push their own agenda, swamping my scientific message in the process. Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun. Mathematical medallist: Seducing CEOs and socialists. Cédric Villani's mission to tell the world what it means to be a mathematician began when he won a Fields medal, often called the Nobel prize of mathematics. Director of the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris, France, he studies kinetic theory, the mathematical interpretation of thermodynamic concepts like entropy, and was one of four mathematicians under 40 who won the medal last year.
New Scientist caught up with him at a public talk at the London Mathematical Society. It's almost a year since you won the Fields medal – what's changed? This year has been completely different. Basically I have done no research. I have given talks, talks, talks everywhere, with politicians, journalists, school kids, university students, all kinds of people. How did you convey your ideas to such different audiences? Was giving all these talks enjoyable, or were you worried about being away from your research? Why do you want to raise the profile of mathematicians? More From New Scientist More from the web. Fraud fighter: 'Faked research is endemic in China'
Shi-min Fang tells us how risking his life and libel writs to expose scientific misconduct in his native China has just won him the inaugural Maddox prize You've just won the inaugural Maddox prize, awarded for your continuing work exposing scientific misconduct in China despite the threats you face. How does that feel? I am thrilled and honoured. There are many people who are supporting me and fighting with me, so I consider this award as an acknowledgement of all our efforts, not just mine. What prompted you to start challenging dubious pseudoscientific claims in China?
In 1998, after eight years studying in the US, I returned to China and was shocked to see it was deluged with pseudosciences, superstitions and scientific misconduct. What action did you decide to take? Are dubious claims a big problem in China? Tell me about some of them.A typical case was the nucleic acid "nutrition" scheme - supplements promoted to boost energy levels in the tired, pregnant and old. Has it been worth it? Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong. Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab.
Bad reviews: The perils of modern peer reviews. Author: Carlos Alberto Gómez Grajales Researchers need to publish as much as the Finnish need coffee. With the highest annual per capita consumption of coffee, one of 12.0 kg. per person a year, people in Finland do really need coffee. And so do researchers need to let their work be known. Usually, this meant that scientists needed to prepare complex and intricate scientific articles, then send them to one of the most important publications and wait for a long review process. In recent years our world's been radically transformed by technology. In October of this year, Science published an interesting project that involved sending false scientific articles to several online journals as a means to test the efficacy and seriousness of the review process. The interesting part comes from the fact that the article has some serious, immediately observables flaws in both design and methodology.
John Bohannon, the author of this interesting exercise, presented his results online. Scholarly journal retracts 60 articles, smashes ‘peer review ring’ Updated Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal. Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once. The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published. You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings.
The publication is the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC). The field of acoustics covered by the journal is highly technical: Analytical, computational and experimental studies of vibration phenomena and their control. JVC is part of the SAGE group of academic publications. Here’s how it describes its peer review process: An announcement from SAGE published July 8 explained what happened, albeit somewhat opaquely. In 2013, the editor of JVC, Ali H. The statement does not explain how something like this happens. Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reforming Social Psychology. Scientific Utopia: II - Restructuring Incentives and Practices to Promote Truth Over Publishability by Brian A. Nosek, Jeffrey Spies, Matt Motyl. No, you're not entitled to your opinion.