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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.
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The number of publications to a researcher’s credit seems to matter more than the quality of the work done. How did the publishing industry get to this point? How can you not only withstand but beat the pressure and continue to reap the rewards that research itself brings?  
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I am a Ph.D. with 5 years’ post-doctoral experience. I have a decent publication record and teaching experience of 2 years. I have been trying to secure a faculty position for the past one year without any success. I am unsure whether my credentials are enough for academia and whether I should look for alternative jobs in industry. Can you offer some advice and help me take a decision?
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  • Oct 31, 2013
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At a typical scientific conference, there are presentations, there are poster halls, there are lunches, there are snack breaks, and there are evening parties. For some researchers, the whole conference experience can almost be like a carnival! They make numerous professional connections that can
Funding available for Chinese scholars
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Here's a list of prestigious grants that are awarded to Chinese researchers every year. This list includes a special grant for researchers who have studied in the UK and who would like to recommence their research career after a break of a few years.  
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Traditional metrics for measuring scholarly impact, such as the impact factor of the journal, h-index, etc., are familiar to all researchers. But although still very popular, citation-based bibliometrics have been under criticism for various reasons, such as they cannot appropriately map 
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Funding is indeed a big problem for scientists these days. Over the last decade, as an aftermath of the economic recession, the proportion of GDP devoted to funding research has gone down in most countries. Increased competition coupled with diminishing federal research funding
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I would like to know whether there are specific grants or awards for Chinese researchers to conduct research abroad.
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  • Oct 16, 2013
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Looking forward: A new formula designed to measure your future h index
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A group of three researchers affiliated to different institutions in Chicago, IL, recently published a paper in Nature, in which they have proposed a new formula that researchers can use to predict what their h index will be five years later.
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I am sad because I recently got an email from the editor of a journal in which my paper is published, requesting me to retract the paper because they found some errors in my data and statistical analysis. I am worried about my reputation if I have a retracted paper. I may not get a grant for my next study. Please advise me.
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  • Oct 16, 2013
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Networking is an extremely important part of attending conferences. This 4-minute video gives you some useful tips and strategies that will help you network effectively at conferences.  This is the second of a series of three videos which take a sneak peek into Roohi Ghosh's training session on "Making the most of attending conferences." Roohi drives the researcher training initiative at Editage, CACTUS. She has facilitated workshops in reputed institutes in Japan and India. She has also...

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