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Research project management in science and technology event

Submitted by Stefan Kaczmarczyk

On Tuesday 20th September 2016 a series of workshops and lectures will be held in Newton Hall, around the theme of research project management in science and technology. The event will be held from 9am – 7pm and is open to all research staff, academic staff and research students from all faculties in the University. Read the rest of this entry

Workshop: Publishing and reviewing with Taylor & Francis

Library and Learning Services in conjunction with the Graduate School are delighted to announce a new workshop for research students and staff.

Elaine Devine from Taylor & Francis will be leading the workshop and will bring a publisher perspective to the two important scholarly activities of getting published and becoming a peer reviewer.

Programme:

10 – 11am How to get published in an academic journal: tips to help you succeed
  Questions / break
11.15am  – 12pm How to be an effective reviewer for an academic journal
12 – 12.30pm Breakout review exercise on effective reviews for journals Including feedback and questions
12:30 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 2pm Taylor and Francis focus group: give your views on the journal article publishing process (optional)

Where:  Pytchley 101, Park Campus

When:   Thursday 30th June from 10am to 1pm (includes lunch)

Who:      Research students and staff

To book a place:      Please register on our Eventbrite site

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CFP: School of Science & Technology Research Conference – 2nd March

Submitted by Professor Jeff Ollerton for the attention of researchers in the School of Science and Technology

Last term you should have received an Outlook Calendar invitation to the School of Science & Technology Research Conference taking place on Wednesday 2nd March (13:00 to 17:00) in Newton Grand Hall. This is an opportunity for us to showcase the breadth and depth of research going on across all areas of the School, from both early career researchers and more senior academics.

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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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Free webinar: How to improve your chances of getting your research published

emerald_logoEarly career researchers may be interested in a short webinar being led by Simon Linacre of Emerald Group Publishing later this week.

Publish Not Perish: How to improve your chances of getting your research published promises an overview of the academic publishing process and what you need to know to increase the odds of getting your paper published.

The webinar is running twice: at 5pm and 7pm on Friday September 18th. Each session will last for 30 minutes. Visit the Cabell’s website for further information and to register.

Workshop: The digital academic, research impact and employability

Digital academic posterI have just been sent details of the following workshop (thanks to Jeff Ollerton and Cheryl Gardner) which may be of interest to research students and academic staff:

Workshop – ‘The Digital Academic: Tools and Tips for Research Impact and ECR Employability’

Monday 23rd March 2015
Coventry, UK

What does it really mean to be ‘a digital academic’? How can you build your online academic profile via social media? Do hiring committees actually care about your ‘digital academic impact’?

To help you identify the must-have technologies and tools for being a modern digital academic and the skills to manage them successfully, jobs.ac.uk and Piirus are hosting an exclusive half-day workshop event. Find out more and register  on Eventbrite.

Are you a ‘mobile’ researcher?

Vitae logoDo you want to take stock of your research career path? Perhaps identify the skills and attributes you might need to be an effective researcher in an international and/or new research environment?

If so, take a look at Vitae’s new researcher mobility lens on the Researcher Development Framework (RDF).   Read the rest of this entry