Getting published in high-ranking scholarly journals isn’t easy for anyone, but because the majority of these top publications use English, scholars who speak English as an additional language may have a harder time getting published than do “native” English speakers. Contrary to common belief, though, this issue may be less related to multilingual scholars’ language proficiency levels and more to do with finding the resources needed for doing and publishing about research and connecting with people who can support the publishing process. Our research on the publishing experiences of scholars in working outside of English-speaking contexts, ongoing since 2001, demonstrates that such material and social resources are not available everywhere. So developing strategies to access this range of resources can be crucial to getting published.
Academics spend lots of time writing, analysing data and collaborating with colleagues on research. Once the research is finished comes the fork in the road with the following two options:
1) Have a glass of wine with colleagues and toast the success of the research and the fact that it was well received by a small group of academics.
2) Realise that this is only a first step. Now, it’s time to make the effort to communicate and dare I say the evil “m” word – market – it to external audiences.
The pressure to publish in order to maintain momentum in your academic career is powerful.
But you risk switching your readers off if, having invested hundreds of hours researching, revising, and refining, you submit a paper that lacks polish, with erratic punctuation or clumsy clauses. You may even undermine reviewers’ confidence in the content itself.
As young academics in the sciences, we sometimes have to consider job opportunities outside of our intended academic career paths. But, since science in an academic environment is all we are familiar with, a shift to another industry, such as biotechnology, may seem like turning our back to the science that we so much enjoy.
I recently made that choice. For a change, I decided to choose the country and city where I wanted to live, and that meant pursuing research positions available in the biotechnology industry, rather than in academia.
As you progress your academic career it is likely that you will at some point become part of a research collaboration project. As research requires funding this will necessitate you playing a part in the funding application. Most researchers have little to no training in how to put together an effective funding application, and learn what they can from their peers. For those starting on this path here are five key points to help in your next collaborative funding application. At the end of this post you will find links to several funding application toolkits with details about how to approach the application itself.
Whether new or experienced in grant writing, if you’re reading this post you are likely to be in the process of writing a grant application. Andrew Derrington has over 30 years’ experience of the research funding process through his own successful applications and sitting on research grant committees. Andrew shares seven key areas where grant writing often fails.
For a modern researcher, collaboration is of vital importance. You cannot even begin to think of having a high impact publication without having to collaborate with someone. Often it is many people. Collaboration is difficult. Once you go outside the 4 walls of your institution or company the challenge of getting things done is magnified many fold. Yet, there are numerous benefits of collaboration you can’t go without. It’s even worse when it’s your job to manage the most challenging type of collaboration – a multi-stakeholder consortium with 39 partner organisations. [the audience gasps]
You are excelling in your area of research and being able to communicate this effectively is another vital skill to develop. You have worked hard, and had good results, so it is worth also investing some time in your CV to communicate this to potential new colleagues/employers.
Yet another deadline is looming and you have a raft of other things to do today, what do you do when you sit down tonight to finish that funding proposal on an already exhausted brain? Do you reach for the coffee? Tea? Packet of cigarettes? Chocolate? Or do you rely on something else to fuel and focus your mind?
If you’ve chosen a career path in academia you may well feel that there is no such thing as a working week, and it’s more of a way of life. With a short search in Google you will be able to find survey results (from the Nature Journal, Higher Ed, Times Higher Education) going back to 2012 which all say that over 50% of survey participants work upwards of 60 hours per week. Most people feel that this is part of life in academia, or is it a question of managing your time more efficiently and being more focused and productive within 40 hours?