Best of 2017 on Editage Insights: What researchers found most valuable

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Best of 2017 on Editage Insights: What researchers found most valuable

An entire year has gone by and we’re already at the tail end of 2017! In our drive to bring you the best resources to boost your career progression, add to your bank of knowledge, and keep you updated about what’s happening in the scholarly publishing world we published close to 600 content pieces throughout 2017. These include interviews, articles, Q&As, quizzes, and more. Our posts have been based exclusively on your, i.e., our readers’ needs and areas of interest. And given the fact that we reached over 3 million people across the globe, the range of topics we wrote about was wide! But aren’t you curious about what was read the most? Here are the top 10 posts that were widely read and shared by the Editage Insights community in 2017:

1. The basics of writing a statement of the problem for your research proposal

The first and most important step in any research is to identify and delineate the research problem. However, many researchers find this task difficult. This article written by Prof. Henry Bwisa, an entrepreneurship specialist, is a step-by-step guide to writing a statement of the problem for your research proposal that many researchers have found immensely helpful.  

2. 9 Differences between a thesis and a journal article

What differentiates a thesis and a journal article? This is a question many graduate students struggle with. This infographic created by Andrea Hayward, Associate Writer and Editor, Editage Insights, lists nine easy ways to help you understand how a thesis and a journal article are completely different types of academic writing, meant for different audiences, and written for different purposes. The infographic is an easy and fun read, and did we mention that it is also available for free download? So do check it out!

3. Beall's list of "predatory" publishers and journals no longer available

Librarian Jeffrey Beall’s popular blog Scholarly Open Access that listed questionable journals and publishers was taken down early this year. The news, reported by Sneha Kulkarni, Managing Editor, Editage Insights, created a big stir in the scholarly community, the details of which are covered in depth in this post. The post received a lot of attention and generated engagement from the Editage Insights community.

4. Springer announces mass retraction of 107 papers by Chinese authors

One of the most discussed incidents of 2017 in scholarly circles was Springer’s announcement of the retraction of 107 papers. These papers published in Tumor Biology, an open access cancer journal, were retracted due to evidence of peer review manipulation. Most of these papers were authored by Chinese researchers and were published between 2012 and 2016.  Read Sneha Kulkarni’s report for more details on the development. 

5. Clarivate Analytics releases the 2017 Journal Citation Reports

The release of Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is highly anticipated by researchers. JCR includes information about highly cited peer-reviewed publications and this post received a lot of attention from the Editage Insights community. Read this post written by Sneha Kulkarni, who covers industry events for Editage Insights, to find out more about the details about this release.

6. Does a direct 'Decision in Process' status indicate rejection?

Researchers are usually anxious during the journal submission process and often feel baffled with the changing status of their manuscript. What the status “Decision in process” means and whether it indicates acceptance or rejection is one of the most common queries of researchers. Click on the link above to read our expert’s answer, which has helped many researchers. This query has been answered by Kakoli Majumder, Senior Writer and Editor, Editage Insights. Kakoli is the voice behind our Q&A forum for researchers.   

7. How can I find out if a journal is included in the Journal Citation Reports?

Journal selection is a vital step to getting published, and researchers often need advice on how to select a journal that is best suited for their manuscript. One of the concerns that are common among them is identifying whether a journal is part of the Journal Citation Reports. Kakoli Majumder has answered this question in this post.

8. 8 Tips to increase the reach of your research in 2017

Today, being an academic brings with it the added responsibility of promoting your research in order to generate and demonstrate impact. In this post, Hywel Curtis, founder of Growresa, explains how you could develop a promotional checklist – a series of tasks to grow the reach of your papers online that can correlate with your publishing strategy for 2017 and beyond.

9. Learning how to perform a review should be part of the PhD training

Interviewing a stalwart like Dr. Jonas Ranstam – who was the overall winner of Publons’ Sentinels of Science Awards in 2016; is officially the world’s most prolific peer reviewer, having reviewed as many as 661 papers in a year; and one of the Top Reviewers for 2016 by Publons – is one of the highlights for Editage Insights. In this conversation with Jayashree Rajagopalan, Senior Writer and Editor, Editage Insights, Dr. Ranstam discusses a range of topics from medical statistics to peer review, which is definitely worth a read by everyone involved in scholarly publishing.

10. Effective networking tips for early career researchers

"How can I muster the courage to interact with highly experienced scientists at an academic conference? I am just a mere student!" This is a question many students and early career researchers face when they attend conferences. This article, contributed by researcher-turned-science-writer Meenakshi Prabhune, provides simple tips to successfully navigate through a conference. Read this post and approach the experts in your field with confidence in the coming year.

We hope you found this post interesting and useful. Are you looking for more such useful content? As part of Editage Insights’ four-year anniversary celebrations, the Editage Insights team handpicked their favorite content across various formats. Do check out these posts not only because they are timeless pieces of content but also to know why our team of writers and editors considers them their favorite.

The Editage Insights team wishes you a very happy and successful new year! Keep reading our posts and tell us what you think about them. We love hearing from you!

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Published on: Dec 30, 2017


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