So… you worked hard on your paper. You ran the experiments and wrote up the results. You got the cover letter just right, and you made sure to polish the title, the abstract, and the figures . Finally, you submitted your work to a journal, and a few days later you received an email letting you know that the editors have sent your work out for peer review!
Manuscripts may have a rigidly defined structure, but there’s still room to tell a compelling story — one that clearly communicates the science and is a pleasure to read. Scientist-authors and editors debate the importance and meaning of creativity and offer tips on how to write a top paper.
A career in science requires one to wear many hats: bench scientist, mentor, writer, teacher, graphic designer, public speaker, etc. Therefore, effective time management is essential for a successful career in research. In a recent career column in Nature, Andrew Johnson and John Sumpter outline six tips at being a better manager of your time.
The “Discussion” section of a manuscript is often seen as the most important, which can make it extremely stressful to write. The attached article provides some strategies for making the “Discussion” an easier section to approach.
Reading scientific papers can be a difficult and frustrating task – even after years of practice. A recent post by Science has highlighted some tips from a dozen scientists. Feel free to share your personal tips and tricks with us!
Modern science is often based on statements of statistical significance and probability. A select group of scientists have proposed that the scientific community needs to move the P value threshold from 0.05 to 0.005. What are your thoughts?
In Part 2 of Dr. Audra Cox’s series “Can You Trust What You Read?”, she highlights common problems with the presentation of images and figures including image manipulation, proper image acquisition, and ways to ensure image accuracy.