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Advice for senior scientists and the importance of first-author publications

Another thought-provoking post from our own Professor Jeff Ollerton

“The internet is awash with bloggers and dedicated sites giving advice to early-career scientists and graduate research students (what I’ll collectively refer to as ECRs).  Much of it is very good (see for example The Thesis Whisperer, any number of posts over at Dynamic Ecology and Small Pond Science, and the University of Northampton’s own Research Support Hub), though sometimes it’s contradictory and comes down to matters of taste and opinion …

… But there is very little guidance and advice out there for more senior scientists who are mid- to late-career.”

Read what Jeff has to say on the subject, and some interesting comments from his readers: Jeff Ollerton’s biodiversity blog.

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Online tutorials for PGR students and early career researchers

There are now five new interactive tutorials on the Skills Hub.  You will find them in a new section ‘Postgraduate Research Skills‘ on the ‘Academic Skills‘ tab.

  • Author bibliometrics – examines the key author bibliometrics and their use
  • Journal bibliometrics – explores the use of impact factors and other metrics for ranking journals
  • Journals and articles – addresses your publication strategy, journal types and what makes a ‘good’ paper
  • Other forms of publishing – covers posters, exhibitions, creative works, website authoring and Open Access publishing
  • Networking – making the most of face to face and online networking with fellow researchers

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Open Access Week webinars

OAWLogoNext week (October 19th to 25th) is international Open Access Week. It is a great time to catch up on what open access means for you and your research.  Here at Northampton we will mark the occasion with a series of posts on the subject of open access throughout the research lifecycle.  These will expand on the guide we produced earlier this year and will hopefully answer some of the questions you may have.  Look out for them here on the Research Support Hub.

Other organisations are celebrating Open Access Week with various events, including a number of webinars which are, of course, open to everyone.  Why not check out some of these?

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Enhancing the Impact of Publishing : Emerald Author Workshop

Submitted by Nadeem Khan (PhD research student NBS)

Emerald Author Workshop: Tuesday 30th April 2013

The author workshop held at Emerald publishers head office in West Yorkshire brought together the editors of journals and the authors of papers in an insightful and rewarding dialogue. This full day workshop enabled Emerald to better understand the challenges and demands of authors in offering a high quality integrated service. With 2 papers a minute a being published and snail-mail giving way to electronic formats the issue of maintaining quality and time taken to publication were the hot topics.
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