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Getting Your Research Beyond the Ivory Tower

Credit: Naturejobs.comSo you've written your academic article (yay!), you've gone through the sometimes-grueling peer review process (thank God it's over!), and now your journal of choice is ready to publish your brilliant research (finally!). Now what?

The process of getting your research out and increasing its impact is not yet over, but the next part of the process is a lot more fun than copy-editing and reading Reviewer #2's comments. In a recent article on Naturejobs, Jack Leeming shares his tips on how to get your paper noticed.

  1. Write a clear paper. Keep your prose as light and jargon free as possible, whilst still maintaining the level of accuracy you need for a research paper.
  2. Write a lay summary and post it somewhere. Write a short summary (400-600 words), have a non-specialist read it for clarity, and then post it online in the appropriate venues (such as your department website/blog or your professional portfolio).
  3. Tell your press office about it. They can help prepare a press release based on your (hopefully) clearly written paper and your accessible lay summary close to your publication date.
  4. Prepare your social media circle. Before your paper comes out, engage with journalists, editors, and scholars via social media to help establish yourself as a contributor to conversations.
  5. Use The Conversation and sidestep all of the above. The Conversation is a news site with content coming entirely from academic researchers. An editor will help you craft a piece into something suitable for mainstream media, and then your article will be freely available for any other organization to publish.

To read Leeming's full article, click here.

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Free Webcast on Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

Becoming an independent researcher in academia is crucial to achieving future success. Part of that journey starts with getting your own funding.

In a live 60-minute webcast hosted by Naturejobs on September 30, four speakers will share their expertise on applying for a successful grant. Professor Susan Marriott will give advice on planning your funding applications; Dr. Peter Gorsuch will talk about shaping the content for your application to catch the reviewer’s attention; Dr. Alejandro Martin-Hobdey will share insights into getting a grant from the European Research Council; and Dr. Michael Mishkind from the National Science Foundation will talk about how to be successful in your applications.

The webcast will take place on September 30, 8-9 a.m. PST, and will feature one-on-one advising and panel discussions.

The webcast will also be made available online for six months after the live event on the Naturejobs blog.

For more information and to register for free, click here.


Why Science Communication Matters

Credit: Naturejobs

Like many academic disciplines, the sciences face the often difficult task of communicating about the importance of their research. Not surprisingly, this imperative has spurred a renewed focus on - and in fact the development of the entire field devoted to - science communication. In a series of blog posts on Naturejobs, Julie Gould takes a newcomer's approach to the topic and immerses herself in this developing enterprise.

Part 1: A beginner's journey. Why both scientists and the public need science communication.

Part 2: Science in the media. The top five lessons from a media training workshop.

Part 3: A new generation of communicators. How the field of science communication is gaining momentum.

Part 4: Keep it simple. The importance of understanding your audience.

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These Are the Two Most Important Soft Skills for Academics

Credit: PhotoDisc/ Getty Images Brad GoodellAccording to a recent article by Elizabeth Silva in Naturejobs, teamwork and good communication skills are the two most valuable soft skills an academic can develop. However, many graduate students don't recognize the importance of cultivating these skills, and the isolation of grad school may prevent grad students from seeking out or taking advantage of opportunities to develop their teamwork and communication skills. Silva offers some advice:

  • Practice communication through poster presentations, journal clubs, and seminars.
  • Participate in community outreach programs that connect students and postdocs with various sectors of the public.
  • Work frequently with colleagues in collaborative ways.
  • Recognize that success in any field requires recognition that each person’s style, experience, and background (including yours!) has its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Participate in a self-assessment workshop that relates to communication styles, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Practice these soft skills every day, and remember that in any non-academic environment it is more important to solve a problem faster by working as a team than to demonstrate that you can do it on your own.

Read the full article on Naturejob's website here.

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