An academic retreat, journal resubmissions, weird things researchers do, and more!
At the end of every month, we bring a bunch of interesting articles from around the web, to keep you posted about what is being discussed in the world of academia and scholarly publishing. This time, we’re bringing you some of the most engaging discussions from the academic twitterverse. Here are some great Twitter threads on topics that are close to researchers’ hearts. These range from an ideal writing retreat for researchers to the weird things they want to buy. Take a look at these discussions, explore the comments, and feel free to chime in!
Initiated by Academic Chatter (@AcademicChatter), this thread asks researchers to answer a simple question: “What would be in your ideal writing retreat?” Initiating the discussion, Academic Chatter said, “I’ll be needing candlelight, incense, blue cheese, crackers, fresh bread and various jams, my guitar, several dogs, and some sleeping cats.” What great imagination! Such a retreat would indeed be calming and induce some of us to write more and write better! Here are some interesting responses to this question:
Oh, I love this question.— Jennifer Barr (@jenniferabarr) November 27, 2019
Cabin, near water--lake or ocean, both are fine. With husband or one or two good friends. Fires inside. Ability to take long walks in nature and down a small downtown street. Really good baked good in the morning. Whiskey in the evening.
Wind controlled nature area with bright benches that exist just for collaboration. If a writer sat at the bench it would signal they needed a brainstorming partner. It they were at their table they would be ‘in the zone’ Too much to ask:) and a fireplace!— Racquel Biem (@FindAhaMoments) November 27, 2019
A room with 3 walls of whiteboards, one with utterly filled bookshelves. Endless whiteboard markers. A PC with Intel i8 processor, ultra high speed internet, 32 GB ram, 4 screens (two vertical). Fountain pen and moleskin notebook paper. Automatic UberEats delivery. Pull up bar.— Adrian Hindes (@HindesAdrian) November 27, 2019
Anna Grosman (@anna_grosman) was really excited when she learned that her paper was finally accepted by the journal after seven rounds of revisions and resubmissions and shared this on her Twitter feed. She received an overwhelming response from the academic community that came forward to congratulate and motivate her as well as share similar stories of their own.
Mine is undergoing the fourth round. Your tweet gives some strength; yet I am curious to learn how long all these 7 rounds took? 2 years maybe?? #AcademicTweet— Thanésh Bhusal (@tsbhusal) November 13, 2019
Congratulations!— jayaprakash (@ActuallyyJP) November 13, 2019
It's important to talk about success in the academia; but what's equally importantly is to discuss rejection, which many of us don't share fr the stigma attached to it. We are holding a roundtable on rejection this 20th. We will get all the emails printed n share
This one's both interesting and amusing. Mary Lutze (@mary_lutze) spoke about how she polled her fellow grad students to ask them, "what things will you buy when you have a livable wage that you consider frivolous or too expensive now?" The responses she received inspired her to pose the same question to researchers on Twitter.
I can't wait to get a dog!— Cecil Dreeme (@cecildreeme) November 14, 2019
For me, it was a larger place to live. My wife and I downsized to a less than 900 sqft apt. during my doc program. Mission accomplished. To an extent.— Scott Dueker, PhD (@drduek) November 13, 2019
Sectional sofa, renting a house instead of an apartment, adopting a second cat.— Peggy Brady (@DoesTheScience) November 13, 2019
I'd also be able to replace electronics when they wear out without guilt.
A senior scientist Dr Esther (@EstOdek) posed a simple question: "What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done in the name of science?" The responses she received ranged from inspirational to downright funny.
Spent 3 months getting clouded leopard fecal dust in my ear canals because I whacked dried poop with a mallet every day for endocrinology research.— Imogene Cancellare (@biologistimo) November 11, 2019
Cable-tied umbrellas to the top of traps in the jungle to keep them dry, so that I was better able to catch bats and harvest their poo.— Dr Dave is on strike (@hammerheadbat) November 11, 2019
Became a human vampire, slept in lab chairs and on lab benches due to 36 hr experiments that required time pts was every couple of hours and worked with radioactivity, MRSA and TB just so I could understand the immune system— Tara Herrmann, PhD (@TaraHerrmannPhD) November 11, 2019
Fastened my life jacket strap around the railing of a tiny sablefish longline boat in 20-foot Pacific swells at night so I could finish extracting otoliths from a protected species and not die.— Gina Grace (@elasmobinch) November 11, 2019
Played my violin on the edge of a moving radio telescope. pic.twitter.com/nG9kB7I31b— Dr. Emily Petroff (@ebpetroff) November 12, 2019
That was a quick roundup of some interesting conversations researchers had on Twitter. Did you come across something that we could have included here? Share the conversations with us! And watch this space for our next Twitter roundup next month!
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