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Career Advancement

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.
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?
Should you consider crowdfunding for your next research project?
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Although the benefits of scientific research are not always quantifiable, it’s quite safe to say it benefits us all. But the process of examining and analyzing data for scientific knowledge needs funding which is not always easy to obtain.  
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Can we present a research paper in a symposium based on our published research work with a different title?
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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...
How to choose the right funding option at different stages of your academic career
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Getting grants is vital for researchers to carry out their research. Most researchers, particularly the early career researchers, may feel confused about which grants they should apply for. This article summarizes some of the current funding options available for academics, and the pros and cons of applying for these grants at various stages of an academic’s career. 
Promoting your article in the social media age
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Each year, about 2.5 million articles are published in scholarly journals worldwide. Countless news articles, e-newsletters, blog posts, and multimedia content such as videos and podcasts are published each year as well. It is not humanly possible to read everything available, and as an author, it’s important for you to help your publisher promote your work to your peers. One of the easiest and most effective ways to do this is through social media, and this article will outline some tips to...
Effective networking tips for early career researchers
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"How can I interact with highly experienced scientists as a mere student?" This is a question many students and early career researchers face when they attend conferences. This article provides simple tips to successfully navigate through a conference.

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