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The biggest question researchers are faced with is whether to leave academia or pursue further research. The increasing competition within academia makes it even more difficult to make the right decision. This section is dedicated to providing you with resources, information, and tips that will help you make more informed career choices after your PhD or postdoc and develop skills necessary to start your job search.
3 Tips on avoiding grant proposal rejection
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Imagine that you have working tirelessly on a grant proposal keeping all the other work aside, and sent the proposal with a lot of hope. And then you are communicated that your proposal was rejected! This can be extremely disappointing. To avoid your grant proposal from being rejected, this article provides you with all the basic knowledge about grant proposals along with some great tips.
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Regarding the list of publications to be provided during the application for Grant-in-aid for scientific research ('KAKENHI' in Japanese), which points are evaluated? Is the impact factor or the number of citations focused on as the evaluation criteria? If yes, should the publications at journals with lower indexes (i.e., lower impact factor or number of citations) be omitted from the list?
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Is it okay to pitch your study results to media (abstract only) while simultaneously submitting a paper to a journal?
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  • Jun 11, 2018
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How to manage work life balance as a post doc scientist
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For many, postdoctoral life coincides with taking on new personal responsibilities that may include starting a family, buying a house, or paying off student loans. A postdoctoral position is typically a stepping stone to a future tenure track faculty position. While it may seem an extension of a PhD graduate regime, the challenge lies in managing the additional professional responsibilities along with the personal ones. This article will provide some practical tips  
Tips for postdocs on how to choose a mentor/PI
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The postdoctoral period is the springboard for an early career researcher before plunging into the independent scientific career. Therefore, finding the right mentor is crucial in culminating the postdoctoral period into a rewarding career move as well as a satisfying learning experience. This article provides tips and guidelines to help you make an informed choice before accepting a position in any lab.
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I don't have confidence to faced when it comes defend our thesis. Whenever my teacher asks me a question, I am extremely nervous and all my ideas seem to vanish. Also, I seem to forget all that I know or have learnt. Do you have any suggestion on how I can can control this feeling?
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  • Jan 8, 2018
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Challenges postdocs face and how mentors can help build their career
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Postdocs are the next generation of researchers in the making. Apart from the stress of publishing papers and doing lab work, another intimidating challenge postdocs face is building their independent career as a researcher. As a newbie, establishing a lab and getting funding may seem daunting, and only a supportive mentor or principal investigator can propel a postdoc into a successful academic career. What are some of the most common causes of rift between mentors and postdocs? What should a...
How to identify predatory conferences: The Think.Check.Attend checklist
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In addition to predatory journals and publishers, researchers now need to be wary of predatory conferences as well. But how does one know if a conference is legitimate or a fake one?  The Think Check Attend checklist helps them identify legitimate conferences. 
Why should researchers publish open access?
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This infographic addresses important questions about open access. It compiles the benefits of publishing your article open access, reasons behind its importance in academic publishing and its global implications. Click to learn more.
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I have written a physics paper titled “Origin of gravity." I have published it in a journal but only 7 people have read my paper. How can I promote my paper so that it's read by a wider audience?

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