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We realize that while our resources help you understand best publication practices and stay updated about the latest happenings in research and publishing, it is also important for you to know the opinions of researchers themselves and people involved in scholarly publishing. This section literally captures the voices of researchers and publishing professionals from across the globe. Here, we invite them to share their own views and first-hand experiences on certain topics related to academic publishing. You may find that some of these views are aligned with your own thoughts and experiences as a researcher or a publishing professional. We hope that these posts encourage you to think deeply about the issues they discuss, and we invite you to comment with your own experiences related to these issues. Happy reading!
3 Crucial mistakes researchers should avoid while conducting research
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. 
The need for diversity in journal editorial boards
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.
How journals make assertions
What “business” are journals in? If you think that journals are in the content business, here is a different perspective. The author of this article believes that journals are in the "assertions" business. Read on for an interesting discussion on how the work of a journal is actually collecting a group of assertions about the content to make the content valuable. 
Meet Editage Insights’ most engaged community members
Despite only four years under our belt, Editage Insights attracts 200,000+ monthly readers, and our community is growing every day. To mark our anniversary, we want to reach out and celebrate our most engaged and interactive community members. In this post, we introduce 4 of our most engaged community members. 
Do you feel the same way about us?
We love hearing from you! As part of our four-year anniversary celebrations, we reached out to many of you asking you to share your thoughts and opinions on Editage Insights. Here's what you had to say! 
Can we fix the reproducibility crisis that is plaguing science?
Lack of reproducibility is one of the biggest challenges facing science. In this opinion piece, Ira Krull discusses his views on whether there is a way to rectify this problem. 
Researchers' Christmas wishes
What if there were an academic publication Santa who fulfills the wishes of researchers? What would you ask for?
Challenges faced by early-career researchers in Jordan
Early career researchers face countless challenges as they push their way through the academic publishing world. Most of these issues are experienced by many but are never openly addressed. In this post, a researcher from Jordan shares her experiences as an academician. 
The impact factor has for a long time been a measure of journal prestige. Most authors wish to publish their papers in the so called high impact journals, even though it means added costs in terms of time and effort. Is this trend of chasing the impact factor worth all the trouble? 

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