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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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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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Researchers tend to form close-knit communities with other researchers in their specific areas of study. Breaking into these closed communities and getting noticed can be a daunting prospect. Ideally, your work should speak for itself, and you will gradually gain recognition through your published papers and citations. But this is a long process, and while you wait for this kind of recognition, you need to make yourself visible by networking through various channels. One great way to network is...
Navigating through the pressure to publish
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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?
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 31, 2013
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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.
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 16, 2013
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