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PLOS Collections : Article collections published by the Public Library of Science. Equator > Home. Equator > Home. Equator > Home. Citing Medicine - NCBI Bookshelf. When was the last time you asked how your published research was doing? As citation counts, h-indexes, and impact become increasingly important to matters of funding and promotion, Melissa Terras asks why more scholars are not chasing up publishers to find out how their work is faring among the online audience, and makes some pleasing discoveries on how her own research has been received.

When was the last time you asked how your published research was doing?

A month or so ago, I posted about whether blogging and tweeting about academic research papers was “worth it”. Whilst writing up my thoughts, the one thing that I found really problematic was the following: “I also know nothing about how many times my other papers are downloaded from the websites of published journals, or consulted in print in the Library.

The latter, no-one can really say about – but the former? It seems strange to me that we write articles (without being paid) and we get them published by people who make a profit on them, then we don’t even know – usually – how many downloads they are getting from the journals themselves.” That’s true enough, I thought. BioMed Central author academy. Welcome to the BioMed Central author academy, a guide from BioMed Central and Edanz on writing and publishing a scientific manuscript.

BioMed Central author academy

You can use the links to the left or below to find advice on specific topics. Why publish in English? Because English is the language scientists in different countries use to communicate with each other, publishing in English allows you to reach the broadest possible audience. This will help you achieve the goal that led you to publish in the first place: To add to our understanding of the world by informing other scientists about your research. Of course, if English is not your first language, having to use it may add to the challenges of writing and publishing. Why is good writing important? Good writing is writing that clearly communicates your research. Science is complex, but the writing used to describe it need not be. High-quality, simple writing: What do journal Editors want? Journal Editors evaluate submissions and consider peer reviewers' advice. We significantly increase your chances of acceptance for publication.

Academic publishing: Open sesame. Arrant Pedantry » Blog Archive » It’s Not Wrong, but You Still Shouldn’t Do It. On the face of it, this seems like a pretty reasonable approach.

Arrant Pedantry » Blog Archive » It’s Not Wrong, but You Still Shouldn’t Do It

Sometimes the considerations of the reader have to take precedence over the facts of usage. If the majority of your readers will object to your word choice, then it may be wise to pick a different word. But there’s a different way to look at this, which is that the misinformed opinions of a very small but very vocal subset of readers take precedence over the facts and the opinions of others. Arnold Zwicky wrote about this phenomenon a few years ago in a Language Log post titled “Crazies win”. Addressing split infinitives and the equivocal advice to avoid them unless it’s better not to, Zwicky says that “in practice, [split infinitive as last resort] is scarcely an improvement over [no split infinitives] and in fact works to preserve the belief that split infinitives are tainted in some way.” And furthermore, I’m not sure it’s a worthwhile endeavor to try to avoid offending or annoying anyone in your writing. Like this: The 5 Species of Journal Reviewers - Do Your Job Better.

By Robert A.

The 5 Species of Journal Reviewers - Do Your Job Better

Giacalone The journal-review process is always the subject of some scorn among scholars. I've been in the academic profession for nearly 30 years, and while I've heard few people unequivocally applaud blind reviews, it seems that in the last five years, more colleagues at all levels have expressed consternation with the process. One friend, an editor at a top business-school journal, admitted to me (albeit after three beers and a rather nice-size margarita) that the review system was broken. There are myriad reasons for the breakdown, all of which might spark curiosity and intellectual energy. I now expect one of five reviewers to emerge in most articles I send out for review, and the truth is that I am rarely disappointed. The expert in everything.

My reviewer was a management scholar, and why she would comment on (and require me to change) something that is the purview of a copy editor and not in her area of expertise, eludes me. The insecure expert. The nasty reviewer. Effective Scientific Writing. Scientific peer review.

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Scrivener – Draft academic template for academic writing. At the urging of Twitter user beautyiswhatudo, I have posted up here my academic template for writing journals and publications according to a somewhat generally accepted approach.

Scrivener – Draft academic template for academic writing

The reader can download the Scrivener 2.0.4 template here. I do have some notes for someone intending to use this template; these notes are included in the Academic template. To the user:This Scrivener 2.04 template provides an overall structure of how to proceed with writing an academic paper in Scrivener. Much of this generated table of contents etc is based on research in the social sciences (Information Systems discipline). Other advice has been sourced from the University of Queensland RHD Handbook (included as part of the research materials at the bottom), and from the publication Turabian, K.

Here is a PDF so you can see what the template looks like; there is considerable metadata inside the Scrivener template with instructions for completing the paper. Hope that you find this of some use. September 2001 - Volume 76 - Issue 9 : Academic Medicine. AuthorAID: supporting researchers from developing countries. Tutorial Home Page: How to Recognize Plagiarism, School of Education, Indiana University at Bloomington. Tutorial Home Welcome!

Tutorial Home Page: How to Recognize Plagiarism, School of Education, Indiana University at Bloomington

The academic community highly values the acknowledgment of contributions to knowledge. When you properly acknowledge the contributions to knowledge made by other people, you are showing respect for their work. You are giving credit where credit is due. You are not misleading the reader to believe that your ideas are solely your own.

Thus, avoiding plagiarism is important -- both in writing and speaking. This tutorial is divided into sections: The Indiana University Definition Overview: when and how to give credit; recommendations; decision flowchart Plagiarism Cases: links to Web sites describing real plagiarism cases Examples: word-for-word and paraphrasing plagiarism -- 5 examples each Practice with feedback: identifying plagiarism -- 10 items, then repeated practice tests with feedback on answers. You can also jump directly to any of these sections within the tutorial by clicking on links in the sidebar to the left. Credits Notes Next Page.

ICMJE: Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Mulford Library: Instructions to Authors. Welcome. Designing conference posters » Colin Purrington. A one-sentence overview of the poster concept A large-format poster is a big piece of paper (or wall-mounted monitor) that can communicate your research at a conference, and is composed of a short title, an introduction to your burning question, an overview of your novel approach, your amazing results in graphical form, some insightful discussion of aforementioned results, a listing of previously published articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement of the tremendous assistance and financial support conned from others — if all text is kept to a minimum, a person could fully read your poster in under 5 minutes (really).

Designing conference posters » Colin Purrington

Why a poster? • Motivational advice • Choosing software • Poster templates • Section content • DOs and DON’Ts • Adding bits of flair • Presenting the poster • Useful internet sites • Useful literature • Printing the poster • Organizing a session • Using this page • Feedback Why a poster is sometimes better than a talk Motivational advice 1. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition.

The scientific research enterprise is built on a foundation of trust.

On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition

Scientists trust that the results reported by others are valid. Society trusts that the results of research reflect an honest attempt by scientists to describe the world accurately and without bias. But this trust will endure only if the scientific community devotes itself to exemplifying and transmitting the values associated with ethical scientific conduct. On Being a Scientist was designed to supplement the informal lessons in ethics provided by research supervisors and mentors. The book describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. This third edition of On Being a Scientist reflects developments since the publication of the original edition in 1989 and a second edition in 1995. Academic Phrasebank. : Quick and Dirty Tips ™ Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips.

: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Her archenemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. To book a lecture event with Mignon Fogarty for your company or organization, contact Macmillan Speakers. Follow Mignon on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Awards Media The Oprah Winfrey Show, Grammar Girl Fixes Common Mistakes, March 2007.