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Research is not just about publishing journal articles. There's so much more to learn! Through these posts, you will get to know more about topics related to scientific communication, e.g., research metrics, scientific awards, journal workflows and processes, new products and tools related to academic publishing, issues in science communication, etc. 
It's almost time for us all to welcome in the year 2018. As we approach the end of the year, most of us tend to reflect on the bygone year and mull over whether we've managed to accomplish all that we had set out to achieve. As a researcher, you are forced to multitask constantly and deal with different aspects of your academic careers: conducting research, preparing your manuscript, submitting to journals, staying updated about all that is happening within your field, attending or presenting...
How funders can benefit from plain language summaries of research papers
In order to make science truly open, we need to move beyond providing free access to scientific output and think about making the non-scientific community understand scientific research. This article discusses why lay summaries are being increasingly adopted by funders to engage the taxpayers and show them the impact of research they funded.
Beyond the journal article: New ways of communicating science
The concept of open access is evolving and taking the form of “research communication.” Today, it is not enough to make research findings and data freely available after publication. It is more important to communicate research to the scientific and non-scientific community in order to ensure that critical findings influence policy and shape public understanding. 
Behind the scenes: Unmonitored managers and the quiet life hypothesis
Economists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology tested the quiet life hypothesis in the context of management in Japan and suggested mechanisms to address the challenges it poses. This article discusses their diagnostic and prescriptive research, which would appeal to practitioners and academicians in the fields of management, finance, and regulation, beyond the study area, given the global relevance of monitoring in the wake of recent economic crises. 
5 Steps to tweet your research at conferences effectively
Live tweeting not only helps raise awareness but also increases engagement and draws attention. Arming yourself with the right tools, preparing your tweets in advance, and planning well will help you live tweet your research effectively.      
13 Takeaways from the 2017 Peer Review Congress in Chicago
Here, I share some personal observations and thoughts while attending the Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Scientific Publication in Chicago, which dedicated three days to intensive discussions about peer review and its role in scholarly publishing.
Is it about time science shakes hands with politics?
A general view about researchers is that they are a recluse community that seldom leaves their labs and the ivory tower. This has changed over the past few years. Across the globe, researchers have been making headlines by taking to the streets to express their displeasure about the state of affairs of science. What has triggered this reaction? Are researchers expanding their traditional role and stepping into the political arena? Read on to know more. 
Presenting at an academic conference is an essential and inevitable part of a researcher's life. In order to make a successful and effective conference presentation, knowing your research paper in its entirety is not enough. You must also be well-prepared in terms of important aspects of public speaking such as observing time limits, making eye contact, engaging the audience, etc. This SlideShare will provide 9 tips that will help you effectively communicate your research at your next academic...
Replicating an experiment on uncertainty
Economics scholars at the University of Chicago investigate how uncertainty affects cooperation and emphasize the importance of replicating experiments to validate their findings. Read on to learn more about their findings and how this paper can impact the field of economics.  
A faculty member in the department suggested that we need to revised the old format for thesis and dissertation. One member of the committee suggested that we need to remove the part for "theoretical framework" so that papers may not appear too long and considering that theoretical framework is necessary only when the writer is doing a study on the theory itself. I was not convinced. Besides, I could not see any reason why theoretical framework should be removed in the format for scholarly...