ESJ 66: Best in Show

This was my first time in Kobe, famous for its beef and cheesecake. Much of the city was rebuilt in the wake of a devastating earthquake that claimed the lives of more than six thousand people in 1995. The city mascot is Kobear (コーベア), a pun almost as clever as the bear is cute. The … Continue reading ESJ 66: Best in Show

The 2018 Round-up

Is two years in a row too soon to call it a tradition? That’s right; It’s time for this year’s round-up. Cue the theme tune for my ‘yearly highlights of the year’. So here’s my favourite science, achievements, moments and even music from 2018. Let’s start with my favourite 2018 papers. The stand out science … Continue reading The 2018 Round-up

SO, YOU GOT AN INTERVIEW… (advice for the imminent academic) – MostlyAcademic

Mostly Academic

Congratulations!! Most people do interviews really badly and you aren’t going to be one of those people!! So you have a better than even chance. Below is a summary of interview tips. They are pretty general and don’t apply to every position, but they are based on real experiences for academic interviews.

Before the interview…

  • In terms of timing, try and be really accommodating, as it shows your interest and willingness. For phone interviews be willing to get up at 3am to make timetabling easier for the panel if they are on the other side of the world. Rearrange your schedule around the interviewers.
  • For a face-to-face interview, ask whether there are accompanying meetings with other staff. If not, ask to arrange them, and have a list of people you would particularly like to talk to.
  • Whether you are doing phone or face to face, look at the website like…

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The science that’s never been cited – Richard Van Noorden

Nature investigates how many papers really end up without a single citation. The geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Oliver Smithies, who died in January aged 91, was a modest, self-effacing inventor. It was typical of him to trot out the tale of one of his greatest flops: a paper1 about measuring osmotic pressure published in 1953, which, as … Continue reading The science that’s never been cited – Richard Van Noorden

How to Write, and read, a (manuscript) rejection letter – Stephen Heard

Several months ago, I wrote about how to write, and read, a job rejection letter. I know a lot about those. I also know quite a bit about manuscript rejections (as most of us do). I’ve received so many I’ve lost track, and I’ve written as many or more as an editor. Just as with […] … Continue reading How to Write, and read, a (manuscript) rejection letter – Stephen Heard

Negotiate authorship before collecting data – Terry McGlynn

Authorship disputes are not uncommon. Even when there are no actual disputes over who did what on a project, there may be lots of authorship resentments. That’s because a lot of folks — by no mere coincidence, junior scientists more often — end up not getting as much credit as they think they deserve when […] … Continue reading Negotiate authorship before collecting data – Terry McGlynn