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Scientific research publishing entails a complex interconnected web of innovation & knowledge that is continually evolving. Researchers tend to be preoccupied with their own research studies and getting their own research paper published. But successfully publishing research papers requires an in-depth understanding of developments in academia and scholarly publishing at large. Therefore, in order to keep themselves in the loop, researchers should ask some of the following questions: What are the hot topics of discussion in the academic publishing industry? What are some of the most important developments in global research? What are the latest research trends in different countries across the globe? What are journal editors and researchers saying about the hottest topics in academic publishing? Read the latest news on academic publishing and stay updated about the current trends in scholarly publishing.
4 Actionable tips to protect your crucial research data
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Managing research data is integral to the successful completion of the research project at hand. This article takes you through some of the key aspects of data management for researchers and provides actionable tips to ensure that your crucial research data remains secure. 
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Is embargo period meant only for open access option of journals? Is it possible that  subscription-based articles also have an embargo period?
3 Crucial mistakes researchers should avoid while conducting research
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A series of unplanned events led me to a copy of Charlie Munger’s famous speech titled “The Psychology of Human Misjudgment” and got my brain whirring. In the speech he lists “24 Standard Causes of Human Misjudgment.” As someone who handles research manuscripts for a profession, the concepts Munger discusses in his speech made me think of their possible applications in research. So in this article, I want to present the three mistakes that researchers should be mindful of. 
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I am preparing to submit my paper, which is already rejected by two journals, to a third journal. The Editor in Chief of the third journal was also the editor of the first journal. (His rejection comment stated: “you may be able to publish your paper if it would be revised successfully.) In such a case, is there any custom to convey any message to the Editor in Chief in the cover letter?
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  • Mar 15, 2018
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Some stakeholders of scientific research believe that the problems that plague scientific research and scholarly communication can be resolved to a large extent with the adoption of blockchain. Late last year, Digital Science published a report Blockchain for Research: Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication that explores how blockchain could help overcome the challenges the publishing industry and scholarly communication is facing. This article provides an overview of the...
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  
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Is it acceptable for the supervisor to be one of the examiners for doctoral thesis? Usually the examiners have a right to vote to make the final judgment, but could a supervisor be given such a right too? If there are countries which adopt such a system, can you please mention some?
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  • Feb 12, 2018
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The need for diversity in journal editorial boards
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A strong ‘gatekeeper bias’ could trap researchers from countries like India in a vicious cycle that keeps them from securing more money or availing important opportunities, says Sarah Iqbal, a senior research fellow at the department of biochemistry, Aligarh Muslim University, India.
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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