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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.
Expert advice on reading scientific literature as a habit
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Literature reading is critical to scientific research because this habit will generate a sense of appreciation and passion for science.
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“I saw the need. I saw the early signs of the change toward Open Access publishing. I saw the quickly growing need of Asian researchers to publish in English-language Western journals, and I saw how I could personally make a significant difference.” Dr. Don Samulack
What is the 'h-index'?
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Just as the impact factor of a journal is one measure of the journal’s standing, prestige, or impact, the h-index (after Hirsch, who first proposed the measure1
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The volume of publication output has exploded. You cannot rule out the possibility that your research topic has already been addressed in a recently published paper. One of the most frequent reasons for rejection by journals is that the study is a duplication of work that’s already been published. It is important to keep up with published works in your field and use a structured search strategy to make sure you don’t overlook similar publications.
Why will corporations fund your research?
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More corporations are becoming proactive with funding initiatives as they add two more lines in their business accounting in addition to loss/profit: social and environmental concerns. Learn how corporate social resposibility can help your research!
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Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a great source for research funding. Could they be right for you? Read more to learn why they are different from other sources and how to begin looking for the right NGO funder for your research!
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Time and research dollars are limited resources for all researchers. Looking for funding prospects means less time for your work, but strong financial support in the end can make the time spent worthwhile. While you can go straight to sources you are familiar with, it is wiser to...
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Securing funding through grant proposals is indeed a difficult and tedious process, and what is most challenging about it is making a grant proposal convincing. Even if you have a path-breaking research idea, it might not get funded unless you can present your idea in a truly convincing manner to the grant committee. This SlideShare provides you useful tips to make your proposal persuasive.
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Follow a structured search strategy to make sure you don’t overlook relevant and similar publications. Sign up for alerts to keep up with newly published papers.
Self-archiving is the practice of placing digital versions of scientific literature online.
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So you’ve completed your study and published your paper in the journal of your choice. Now you want to make your paper accessible to more and more readers within and outside the scientific community so as to increase its impact. One way to increase the visibility of your paper is through self-archiving.

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