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Discover the Future of Research

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    Anna Ehler
Anna Ehler
Society Marketing

Access to data is increasingly seen as fundamental to research reproducibility, but there is no one size fits all policy for data sharing. What role can societies play in establishing practices which meet the needs of their communities? In this episode of the Wiley Society Podcast, we listen back to a conversation at the 2017 Society Executive Seminar in London where we invited four society executives from four different disciplines to talk about where they are on the issue of data sharing and data accessibility.

 

 

Panelists:

  • Prof. Peter Diggle, past President, Royal Statistical Society
  • Dr. Chris George, Editor, British Journal of Pharmacology, British Pharmacological Society
  • Catherine Hill, Head of Publications, British Ecological Society
  • Dr. Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education, Royal Geographical Society

 

Listen to the previous episode: Publications Strategy or Organizational Strategy: Which Comes First?

 

You can listen to this episode and others – including our two part conversation with Wiley’s Director of Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics – by going to iTunes and subscribing to the Wiley Society Podcast.

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    Morgan Kubelka
Morgan Kubelka
Library Services, Wiley

Char1.jpgEvery November, we look forward to the Charleston Library Conference as an opportunity to engage directly with the community and gain critical perspective on some of the biggest issues facing both librarians and publishers today.

 

This year’s conference theme, What’s Past is Prologue, inspired us to think not only about how librarians and publishers have changed over time, but about how practices of the past have enabled, and continue to inform, the practices of the present and future.

 

In preparation for this year’s Charleston Library Conference, we’ve been working with many of our librarian and academic colleagues to put together the four sessions below that will discuss how we as a community are evolving in response to changing research needs.

 

If you’ll be in Charleston next month, we’d love for you to join us at any (or all!) of the following sessions.

 

What: The Big Deal: Perspectives on All Inclusive Models

When: November 8, 3:30pm-4:10pm

Why: Real talk on the big deal

 

The Big Deal: Perspectives on All Inclusive Models will share the experiences of several librarians who are currently using all-inclusive purchasing models, including Wiley’s Database Model. In 2014, Wiley’s Database Model launched with the goal of ameliorating the administrative burden of renewals, unpredictable price increases, and addressing an increased need for demonstrable ROI. Panelists will discuss advantages and challenges posed by all-inclusive models and highlight some key differences between them and their more traditional counterparts.

 

Learn more about the session and speakers.

 

What: Transforming Research—and Your Library—with Digital Archives

When: Thursday, November 9, 2:30pm-3:10pm

Why: Learn how the digitization of primary source content is impacting the research experience and how your library can be a part of the movement.  Plus, get an inside look at
the highly-anticipated launch of Wiley Digital Archives. 

 

Transforming Research—and Your Library—with Digital Archives delves into the intricate digitization process of primary source content. From scholarly societies to academic libraries, a new movement is underway to transform the massive trove of primary source content that exists across the academic community into readily accessible, user-friendly digital archives. A diverse
set of speakers discuss the digitization process and how it can be a game changer for libraries and researchers across the globe. Plus, get an exclusive first look at the highly-anticipated launch of Wiley Digital Archives.

 

Learn more about the session and speakers.

 

What: The Data that Drives Us: A Four-Year Perspective on Evidence-based Acquisition

When: Thursday, November 9, 3:30pm-4:10pm

Why: Leverage data to boost efficiency and increase value of your digital book collection

 

The Data that Drives Us: A Four-Year Perspective on Evidence-Based Acquisition leverages the University of Wisconsin System’s long-term data set to describe key learnings, best practices, and challenges faced throughout their four-year journey in Wiley’s Usage-Based Collection Management Model (UBCM). Upon renewing their participation in UBCM this fall for the fourth
consecutive year, the UW System’s Library Program Director and a Librarian/Associate Professor at UW-La Crosse will reflect on how title selection practices have evolved over time, leveraging long-term usage data to make purchasing decisions that reflect alignment with their current collection and support the consortium as a whole.

 

Learn more about the session and speakers.

 

What: How Libraries Can Serve a Critical Role in Addressing Student Affordability, Equity of Access and Improved Learning Outcomes

When: November 9, 12:45pm-2:00pm

Why: Learn how librarians are taking action to support some of the biggest challenges facing higher education today

 

How Libraries Can Serve a Critical Role in Addressing Student Affordability, Equity of Access and Improved Learning Outcomes illustrates how libraries are tackling access and affordability issues head-on by forging partnerships to make course content available through the library. A panel of leading librarians will lead a lively discussion, facilitating the exchange of
innovative best practices, program challenges and successes, and offer criteria for measuring impact.

 

Learn more about the session and speakers.

 

 

 

Infographic: What Is ORCID?

Posted Oct 19, 2017
    Kelly Neubeiser
Kelly Neubeiser
Author Marketing, Wiley

In November 2016, Wiley signed ORCID’s Open Letter and became the first major publisher to require ORCID iDs for submitting authors.  We saw this as a commitment to managing research and data integrity, a global issue that many of our society partners face as well.

 

Check out the infographic below for an overview of how ORCID benefits society members and the research community at large, and see what happens to ORCID iDs during manuscript submission.

 

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    Verity Warne
Verity Warne
Marketing Manager, INASP

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INASP and African Journals Online recently launched the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS), a unique new framework for providing accreditation and support for journals in the Global South. The JPPS provides detailed and internationally accepted assessment criteria for the quality of publishing practices and policies of Southern journals.

 

In this interview, Susan Murray, Executive Director of African Journals Online (AJOL), and Sioux Cumming, Programme Manager, Journals Online, share the origins and potential of JPPS.

 

Q: How did JPPS come about?
Susan: The JPPS framework originated with my musing over many years about how AJOL could both showcase journals that are attaining excellence in terms of publishing practices according to global norms and standards and be inclusive of those that are learning and need some improvement. So, basically that’s what the framework is. It’s a teaching tool for those journals that have been assessed and are needing to learn about the areas on which they still need to work, and to transparently show those aspects of the journals to readers and to authors. At the same time it is helping establish the prestige and reputation of the journals that are already implementing best practices in scholarly publishing in developing countries.

 

Sioux: In the last few months we’ve started to correspond with the editors about the assessment results, and the feedback that we’ve had has been really really positive.

 

Q: What challenges face journals from the global south?
Susan: In the developed world, the norm is for journals to be published by really large professional commercial publishing houses. In developing countries it is more the norm for journals to be published as stand-alone titles by universities or scholarly research associations – usually run by editorial boards who are doing this work on a purely voluntary basis after hours. They are subject experts, not publishing experts, so they are not necessarily aware of all the standards – particularly the newer, technical, standards – that are required for reputable journal publishing.

 

Q: How will JPPS help editors?
Susan: JPPS will help editors in terms of clarity about the standards, processes and practices that they need to have in place to be considered as strong reputable journals in the international research arena. It’s also a means of practically helping editors to implement those standards, processes and practices – detailed reports for editors are generated by the framework assessment process.

 

Sioux: Last week we were in Nepal, talking to 30 Nepalese journal editors, and we had an amazing response as we shared the framework. There is a real thirst among journal editors to know what they can do to meet an international standard. To me, this is very much a learning process; I’m not so concerned with what the initial ranking turns out to be but more with what we can do to help editors improve that ranking.

 

Q: And for readers and researchers, what is the value of the framework?

Susan: The transparency of the best practice publishing standards and processes is going to be shown for each journal and each Journals Online (JOL) platform. Readers will get a better idea of the integrity of the practices of the journal and therefore the reliability of the research contained in them. Also, it will help authors in choosing journals to which they can submit their articles knowing that their work will be published in a dissemination platform that is ensuring good standards of peer-review processes and publishing assessment.

 

Q: What’s next for the JPPS?

Susan: At the moment, all of the journals on all of the JOL platforms in developing countries around the world are being assessed by an independent publishing consultant expert. Once that is completed, the JPPS badges will be displayed on all of the JOL websites.

 

JPPS is officially launching with Sioux’s presentation at the COASP conference this week. Then, next month, I’m going to be presenting it in more detail at the STM conference in Frankfurt.

 

Sioux: Once JPPS is launched, the next step will be working out the process for ongoing assessment. We are also exploring whether to roll the framework out to other aggregators in the South, who are facing the same problems that we are in terms of the view of Southern journals. We’ve had some interest already from other organizations.

 

Q: What has struck you throughout this process – have there been any surprises along the way?
Sioux: The three-star classification is very challenging. Any journal that achieves a three-star status is basically on a par with the best international journals in terms of publishing processes. It has been good to see how much the journals we’ve assessed already comply with many of the criteria – they are getting good scores and are achieving a lot.

 

Susan: JPPS has been an enormous undertaking first of all and a huge amount of work – years of work has gone into putting together the framework. But I think it’s going to be all worthwhile. It will transparently share the degree of repute that Southern journals do have and the practices that they are attaining in terms of making sure that scholarly publishing in developing country journals is of a high standard.

 

This post was first published on the INASP blog and is reprinted here with permission.

 

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    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

We all know rejection is never easy, but as the editor of a journal, there are things that you can do to minimize any negative feelings that may arise from a decision to reject a paper. The following infographic offers some advice on how to communicate a decision to reject, ensuring that authors are left with a positive impression of your journal, regardless of the outcome of their submission.

 

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For further tips on best practice when communicating with authors, take a look at our Editor Resources.

 

    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

 

 

Getting a book written and published takes a lot of time and effort, so it goes without saying that you want it to be seen and read by as many people as possible. As the author, you’re in a great position to help make your book a success - after all, no-one knows it like you do! To help you promote your work, we’ve put together the following infographic which offers 8 helpful tips on increasing the visibility of your book.

 

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Looking for more information on the book publishing process? Visit our Book Authors Resources pages to learn more.

    Laura Orchard
Laura Orchard
Marketing Manager, Wiley

How do we retain and attract society members? It’s essential to understand the needs, values, and challenges that your research community faces in order to engage your members and keep your membership offering relevant.

 

We asked delegates at the European Congress of Psychology to share their key motivations for joining a psychological society or association.

 

We received some fascinating insights from researchers at differing stages of their careers, from early career researchers to experienced authors. We found that psychologists value networking and professional development, as well as access to high quality publications.

 

Explore the infographic below to hear from the psychology community on their attitudes toward society membership and the benefits they seek when joining.

 

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    Helen Eassom
Helen Eassom
Author Marketing, Wiley

Got an idea for an exciting new book? Writing a book is a huge undertaking, but one of the first steps to getting published is gaining approval for your proposal from a Commissioning Editor. But what exactly should you include in your book proposal? We’ve put together this infographic to make sure that you give your Commissioning Editor everything they need. For more information on putting together a book proposal, as well as other steps in the book publishing process, visit our Book Authors Resources pages.

 

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     Elaine Vos
Elaine Vos
Medical Student, Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine

 

A recent conversation with a good friend of mine in the thick of the residency interview trail sent me into a spiraling panic. “Most residencies now pretty much expect medical students to have at least three publications.” Regardless of this statement’s validity, today’s medical students believe that publications are yet another item to add to their checklist of required accomplishments.  But is the motivation simply that publication is a perceived requirement for a competitive residency application? What other reasons may drive students to publish? Following some consideration and consultation with many of my classmates, I have landed on four major motivations: first, the most obvious, building up one’s CV for residency; second, a genuine interest in learning/exploration; third, a desire to share work or interesting cases; and fourth, a continuation of research from undergraduate or post-baccalaureate experiences.

 

Building Up the CV

Not only do medical students perceive publications as a requirement for their residency applications, but there is also the idea that there’s a preferred number of publications.. When considering the figures presented in the most recent edition of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) “Charting Outcomes in the Match for U.S. Allopathic Seniors” (see graph below), it appears that within almost every specialty, the mean number of abstracts, presentations, and publications of matched students outnumbered the mean of unmatched students. Of course, many more considerations go into matching decisions than this one metric. However, statistics such as these are enough to seep into a medical student’s psyche and convince them that, for instance, if they do not have 13 abstracts, presentations, or publications then they will not match into a neurosurgery residency. Although some medical students may not always admit it, residency remains a constant motivator for all that we do. We did not spend thousands of dollars on medical school applications, hundreds of thousands of dollars on medical school, and countless hours of our time studying to lose out on a residency. If there is anything that will give us an edge—such as publishing a few articles—then we will go for it.

 

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Growth Through Learning and Publishing

All that being said, I sincerely do not believe that medical students publish as much as they do with only CV-building on their minds. Another major catalyst comes from an interest in the subject matter and a desire to expand their knowledge-base. Most medical students choose research in a subject area that relates to their desired fields while others may choose a topic that they simply want to know more about, regardless of its relevance to their future career path. Working on a paper for publication and reviewing the literature allows a medical student to delve into a subject that they are interested in beyond their medical school curriculum. Furthermore, most medical students work on publications with a more senior physician, allowing the student an opportunity to garner some expert-level knowledge coupled with a chance for networking. Medical students may have their eyes focused on residency, but none of us would be here if we did not also have a passion for learning. Pursuing publication allows medical students the best of both worlds, and more.

 

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Sharing Medical Discovery

Gaining knowledge from writing a piece for publication can be directly coupled with another motivation: sharing knowledge. Publishing allows medical students to not only learn, but also to add to the medical literature. A publication ascertains that the medical student and his or her co-authors have discovered or witnessed something that will contribute to the medical community. Part of the beauty of medicine as a career path is the concept of lifelong learning. Lifelong learning to me also implies lifelong teaching; all members of the medical field have plenty to learn from each other—even medical students can teach their peers and seniors. Publications give medical students this opportunity.

 

Completing A Research Pursuit

The final motivation stems from all of the above while still making up its own unique category: continuing research from a student’s undergraduate or post-baccalaureate experiences. Participation in research is a desirable characteristic of medical school applicants and many students choose to continue that research even while in medical school. These students maintain relationships with their previous institutions and mentors while also adding a new and different perspective to their current medical school. In some cases, they may not have been able to complete a project before arriving at medical school so instead of abandoning the project, they choose to see it through to completion (publishing).

 

Regardless of motivation, the process of writing for publication is beneficial to medical students in many ways. Students can hone their writing skills as early as possible and discover different strategies to sift through the constantly expanding medical literature. They can build relationships with mentors and begin to make a name for themselves in their future fields. At the same time, there’s a potential downside to this growing population of publications by medical students. First, will the “required” number of publications be capped? Will it progressively increase each year? How can medical students balance a growing demand for their time in pursuit of publications with the ever-growing knowledge base they must obtain? The pressure on medical students in our modern age is higher than ever, with medical student burnout swiftly on the rise. Will other motivations such as a desire to learn and teach suddenly be outweighed by this growing requirement? These questions must be considered by both medical students and physicians as the demands on medical students increase.

 

References:

  1. Charting Outcome in the Match for U.S. Allopathic Seniors. National Resident Matching Program website. http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Charting-Outcomes-US-Allopathic-Seniors-2016.pdf. Published September 2016. Accessed September 13, 2017.

 

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    Fiona O'Connor
Fiona O'Connor
Society Marketing, Wiley

Physiology: the Science of Life”, Is a free online course developed by the Physiological Society in partnership with the University of Liverpool to support the teaching and understanding of physiology. Launching on September 25th, the course serves as an introduction to human physiology. We spoke with Chrissy Stokes, head of Professional Development and Engagement, to learn more about their engagement with the youngest members of the Physiology community.

 

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Q. What first sparked the idea to create a MOOC and how did it evolve into the final course?

A. From our extensive interaction with school teachers we know that some areas of physiology can be difficult to teach, often due to a lack of resources or to health and safety restrictions. The Physiological Society commissioned this MOOC to support the teaching of physiology in schools, to raise the profile of the discipline as a choice for further study and even a career, and to ease the transition between school and higher education. The Society prepared an invitation to a group of universities to be the Content Provider for the MOOC and the University of Liverpool was selected following a competitive process.

 

Q. The Physiological Society offers a variety of resources and opportunities for students, postgraduates, and early career researchers. Can you talk a little bit about PhySoc’s focus on the youngest members of the Physiology community and what distinguishes the MOOC from other initiatives?

A. The MOOC was designed to link to the A-level Biology specification from a selection of Awarding Bodies; as such it is of direct value to teachers and their students. The course employs interactive approaches to teaching physiology that provide new ideas and new resources to use in the classroom. Because the MOOC was designed by the University of Liverpool with the support of The Society, students will gain insight into the type of work they might undertake in physiology – or related – degrees at university. Footage for the MOOC was also filmed on-site in real universities, using real practical laboratories and with real lecturers, so it provides a window into higher education on a more practical level as well.

 

It is also important to highlight that this MOOC is available worldwide, and at no charge. We hope that this will help to make physiology more accessible to a wider demographic and perhaps encourage learners from later in life or those that have not had access to science education. Discussion forums will run throughout the MOOC to encourage interaction and spark interesting debate across the barriers of geography and finance.

 

Q. What are The Society’s goals for the course and how do they support your mission?

A. The Society anticipates that the MOOC will encourage more students studying biology at school to consider physiology as an option for further study: both through supporting learning but also through raising awareness of the discipline and related careers. The Society’s ambition is to promote the discipline of physiology and the research in this area, providing greater understanding of the body in health and disease.

 

In addition, we hope that the MOOC will support learning amongst a wider demographic that shares an interest in physiology but perhaps doesn’t have access to the excellent learning resources available in the UK.

 

Q. What recommendations do you have for other societies who are looking to increase support for their undergraduate communities?

A. We recognize the importance of our undergraduate community to the future of physiology and we do as much as we can to support, encourage and inform them.

 

We have a large and growing membership of undergraduates studying physiology and we have representatives – or Ambassadors – based in universities across the world. We take time to listen to the opinions of stakeholders to ensure that our resources and funding are used as effectively as possible. Just this year we have undertaken an evaluation to improve our most popular funding initiative, the Vacation Studentship Scheme, and we have also carried out focus groups with undergraduates, which will inform the way we communicate with them in future.

 

Q. Do you have plans to continue engagement with students once the course is finished?

A. The Society is currently undergoing a strategy review which will be finalized later this year. Promoting the discipline of physiology will be a key part of this, and we are excited to continue engaging the next generation of physiologists to help us ensure that physiology flourishes.

 

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    Samantha Green
Samantha Green
Society Marketing, Wiley

The annual conference is a great time for societies to engage members and energize their communities, especially around their journals.

 

Bringing your members and attendees together in person offers a unique opportunity to reinforce the journal brand in innovative and effective ways. Integrating the journal into the society’s larger program of activities can boost readership and allows Editors to engage with delegates and new society members. Making the most out of conferences requires close collaboration between marketers, the journal’s editors, and the society in order to create an engagement strategy tailored to both the journal and society brand.

 

But how can societies try new things to engage their members at conferences? How can they do it when budgets are tight and the pressure to ensure success might drive conference planning teams toward the same events and activities as last year?

 

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We asked a few society marketers at Wiley to describe some recent experiments they’ve done at conferences in collaboration with some of our society partners. Here’s what they told us:

 

The International Society for Neurochemistry: Shine the spotlight on your members

Lila Huizenga

 

I recently worked with the International Society for Neurochemistry and the editorial office of the Journal of Neurochemistry to develop an effective engagement strategy for the ISN-ESN Biennial Meeting that integrated the journal brand into the society conference activities. In celebration of the ISN’s 50th anniversary, we launched the #WeAreNeurochemistry campaign which showcased how the study of neurochemistry has shaped the lives of ISN members and conference delegates. The campaign celebrated some of the achievements and discoveries in the field, and showed the breadth and importance of neurochemistry to the scientific community and beyond.

 

#WeAreNeurochemistry was integrated into ISN’s booth design, email and social media communications, and conference engagement activities - all of which were planned collaboratively by Wiley marketing, the journal, and the society. I developed a range of campaign possibilities, with different engagement activities, designs, and visuals, for the society to review and feedback on. I worked with ISN to select and combine their favorite aspects of each prototype and produced a finalized campaign combining the best insights from the society and the expertise of Wiley’s marketing team.

 

To engage delegates and encourage participation in the campaign, we rented a photo booth and delegates had fun using the photos and videos they created to add to the online campaign website. #WeAreNeurochemistry ended up being a hit at the conference, with almost every delegate stopping by the photo booth, entering the contest, and sharing their original and engaging entries on social media. These entries proved very useful to ISN, and will be used to provide valuable insight into the experience and values of their members.

 

International Botanical Congress: Engage the local community with exclusive events

Lou Crawford

 

Wiley recently had a stand at the International Botanical Congress (IBC) in Shenzhen, China.  Described as the Olympic Games of botanical science, it takes place every six years and is hugely prestigious.

 

Wiley has worked with the New Phytologist Trust for many years and is delighted to be working with them on the launch of a new cross disciplinary, Open Access journal: Plants, People, Planet.  We wanted to launch this at the IBC, as it was in keeping with the high standing of the Trust, the international renown of their current journal, New Phytologist, and in line with the aspirations and aims of the new journal.

 

Working as a team, we organized a launch event during the IBC and prepared materials so we could announce the new journal. This included a press release, which was picked up by local media and resulted in a short cable TV interview on the stand.

 

We also created branded collateral, including a pull-up banner, which helped us reveal our new logo and explain the aims and scope of the journal to delegates. The event was judged to be very successful.

 

International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology and the World Congress of Surgery: Make engagement fun for society members

Alix Fryer

 

Never start with a blank sheet of paper. Coming up with new ideas can be tricky, so taking inspiration from other exhibitors and activities you see elsewhere can be a fount of knowledge. Tailoring them to your needs can often change it significantly from your original source, but will help make it much easier than starting from scratch.

 

At the recent ICIAP, a few of my societies wanted to know more about the Pathology research community, so I came up with a web based game to ask pathologists key questions relating to my societies’ needs. The concept was to have a game, like Candy Crush Saga, which delegates could play for fun and relaxation, and we incorporated two or three questions between levels. A score board listing delegates’ names and scores created a competitive, exciting atmosphere. The game was really popular—word spread and suddenly everyone wanted to know who would get the highest score. Even in this light-hearted context, the answers to the questions were thoughtful and thorough.

 

At the World Congress of Surgery, we helped BJS broaden their reach and increase recognition by promoting both of their journals. Thinking back to a fun activity I saw for a Gin company at an airport, I wanted to create a space which the delegates themselves could personalize. To do this, I set up an area in the booth where delegates could write why research was important onto stickers and add them to our wall. We also offered a photo booth with specially designed speech bubbles pronouncing their answers. The photos and stand were branded with the two society journals and the queue for the booth extended longer than the coffee line!

 

Hopefully, these ideas have sparked some inspiration for your next society meeting. Whatever your engagement activity turns out to be, trying new things can keep your members engaged and eager to see what the next annual meeting will offer. Whether it’s fun, low cost social media experiments or innovative digital experiences, there’s a wide range of conference activities that can have a huge impact for your members.

 

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    Graham Woodward
Graham Woodward
Author Marketing, Wiley

Researchers just starting out in their careers are the future of science. However, it’s clear that they’re under more strain than ever before, with mounting job insecurity and ever-increasing pressure to publish more if they are to cement their place within the research community. In our previous blog post, we saw how government frameworks and policies put in place to support early career researchers have failed them in the areas where they need the most help – learning how to be successful published authors.

 

Governments and policy makers are in a key position to help alleviate some of the problems faced by early career researchers, most of which are centered on the publication process:

 

Language needs

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If English isn’t your first language, publishing in an English language journal is always going to be more difficult. Language and spelling issues can lead to rejection as editors and reviewers find it harder to understand the work. For early career researchers already lacking in confidence, this can only make the problem worse.

 

Grant writing

Securing funding can be a long and difficult process for any researcher, but is even more of a challenge for those with less experience. If you’ve got the right knowledge and skills, and you know what a particular funder is looking for, it’s far more likely that your case will stand out.

 

Manuscript preparation

What makes a good manuscript? There are so many elements to take into consideration when writing and preparing an article, including structure, ethics and visual components. Early career researchers are disadvantaged simply through lack of experience.

 

Where to publish

Just knowing where to submit can leave early career researchers feeling overwhelmed. For those with less extensive knowledge and publishing experience, choosing an appropriate journal for submission often necessitates time consuming research.

 

Peer review

Peer review is a vital part of the publishing process, and most researchers  are expected to undertake peer review at some point. However, yet again, a lack of experience is problematic for early career researchers. There is a clear need for more training in the fundamentals of peer review.

 

For all the reasons above, we set out to find a solution that would address the needs of researchers just starting out.

 

The Wiley Researcher Academy

So far, author resources and training materials such as seminars, webinars and e-learning programs haven’t gone far enough in meeting researchers’ needs. In response, we’ve developed the Wiley Researcher Academy, a digital author training program designed to provide researchers with a thorough grounding in the publishing processes.

 

Researchers are able to study online, at their own pace, developing the skills and knowledge needed to be able to publish successfully. Although primarily designed with early career researchers in mind, if you’re a more experienced researcher looking to refresh or perfect your skills in certain areas, the Wiley Researcher Academy will be able to help. The fourteen learning paths cover the best practices and skills that researchers need to be able to gain an in-depth understanding of the publishing process:

 

  • Qualities of a successful researcher
  • Research and publication: the essential link
  • Funding research projects
  • Selecting appropriate journals
  • Best practices in writing scientific articles
  • Key components of a research article
  • Manuscript submission
  • Peer review
  • Open access to scientific literature
  • Managing research data
  • Ethical considerations in research and publishing
  • Roles of the publisher and journal editor
  • Post-publication activities and driving visibility
  • Becoming a peer reviewer

 

The Wiley Researcher Academy enables early career researchers to write and publish in quality, peer-reviewed journals, and gives them the confidence to become successful and productive members of the scientific research community.

 

We’ve come a long way in acknowledging the challenges faced by early career researchers. With scientific output proven to drive economic growth, it is vital that governments, policy makers and publishers alike all give due attention to the plight of those just setting out on their research careers. The Wiley Researcher Academy ensures that the next generation of researchers is well equipped to cope with the challenges of the future, wherever in the world they may be and whichever language they may speak.

 

For further information on the Wiley Researcher Academy, please visit www.wileyresearcheracademy.com

 

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    Craig Stropkay
Craig Stropkay
Life Science Consultant

Reach for the stars, they said. You should definitely go get your PhD, you’d be great for it, they said. Well, I guess they did have a point. Pursuing my doctorate degree in Molecular Biology at Brandeis was definitely one of the most challenging things that I’ve ever had to do in my life. I could go on and on about the long hours I spent trying to construct my dissertation or the countless nights that I had to wake up and drive to the lab just to “feed” my cells — but that’s not the point of this post. I want to talk about something that I wish was more openly discussed when I first started my journey towards pursuing a PhD. It’s something that’s crucial for anyone currently working their way towards earning a doctoral degree: a job.

 

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I know what you may be thinking: why would I need to worry about a job when I know I will continue onto a postdoc and then a tenure-track academic post? Isn’t that what everyone does? That’s precisely my point. Don’t get me wrong: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with continuing a career in academia upon completion of your doctorate. It takes a lot of patience, skill, and dedication to remain in the field after you have literally spent years becoming an expert in everything dealing with Life Science. Maybe you’ve considered going that route, feeling that your choices are limited. Many PhDs believe that apart from academia, their only “alternative” option is to go into industry and work in biotech or pharma.

 

Welcome to a new age my friends. Contrary to popular belief, your doctoral degree can be used beyond the realm of academia.. I’d like to introduce you to a path that many do not even know exists. It’s one that allows you to use your degree in more ways than what’s assumed to be “the only way”. As the holder of a doctoral degree, you can still have prominent and even high paying research roles outside of the laboratory.

 

“Surveys indicate that professors often encourage their students to follow in their footsteps, and in some cases, actively discourage careers outside academia.”

 

I first became aware about these alternative paths when I was about halfway through my graduate program. One of my advisors, Dr. Goode, kindly took the time to set up a panel of alumni to discuss different options we could pursue outside of academia. We all met on campus, with some pizza and beer if I remember correctly, and I was introduced to some of the other choices including careers in consulting, scientific writing, and even MSL. The best part? These are just a few of the career options available, but not often discussed in the world of the PhD student.

 

Here’s a list of some (but not all) of the top career choices for Life Science PhD holders:

 

Consulting / Market Research

Consulting is an excellent career choice for PhD students because they have already selected a field to specialize in as they prepare for their dissertations. Management consulting firms look to PhDs to head positions that are specific for certain types of clients (i.e. science and technology). They are especially interested in doctorate students because they have developed a unique set of analytical skills necessary to become an effective consultant.

  • Health Advances offers consulting services within the health care industry.
  • ClearView Healthcare Partners is a boutique life sciences consulting firm based in the Boston area that provides premier strategic consulting services to biopharmaceutical companies and investors.

 

Writing

Although a career as a writer may seem similar to academia, professional writers do not necessarily teach students.  Your research skills and writing talent and experience will serve you well in this career.  A corporate technical writer, or even a freelance writer, are both excellent choices if you wish to continue with the writing that you have become so accustomed to as graduate student.

  • Certara is the leading drug development consultancy with solutions spanning the discovery, preclinical and clinical stages of drug development.
  • Plato BioPharma is a pre-clinical contract research organization (CRO) delivering robust in vivo physiological and pharmacological data and biomarker profiles to understand compound activity in the cardiovascular, renal, pulmonary & diabetic therapeutic areas.

 

Law

Did you think that law was only for your political science and communications students?  Intellectual property firms will recruit Life Science PhD students to become technical specialists/scientific advisors who review and write applications for patents.  On top of that, many of these firms will sponsor law school tuition, so you have a comfortable salary while pursuing a law degree part time.  Once again, the analytic and research skills you’ve acquired directly transfer to a career in law.

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide
  • Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law

 

Entrepreneur

The good news is, you don’t have to go to business school to become an entrepreneur.  The only requirements are a good idea and a lot of perseverance and patience.  Because you’ve been spending the last few years pursing a doctorate, it’s safe to say that you have both.  Your advantage is that you know how to think critically and conduct in-depth research before making any rash decisions.

  • KOLgroups provides physician recruitment, phone interviews, and in-depth interviews for life science and healthcare market research studies
  • PathoVax LLC is developing a best-in-class prophylactic Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine technology RGVax targeting all 15 cancer-causing strains

 

Sales

When I say sales, I’m not talking about retail. Sales for a Life Science PhD means giving presentations about complicated products, instruments, or other tools that someone unfamiliar with the field may not be able to sell properly.  A field applications scientist in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnical sector may be the best option for those who want a smooth transition from research to sales.  In this role, you serve as the product expert as opposed to the sales closer.

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific is dedicated to improving the human condition through systems, consumables, and services for researchers
  • Pall Corporation is a manufacturer of proprietary filtration, separation and purification products and solutions

 

These are just a handful of the more popular alternate career paths.Take the time to talk with your advisor and others in the field outside of academia to see what path is best for you.

 

Feel free to contact me via LinkedIn if you’d like to talk more or have any questions. Or, leave a comment or question below.

 

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    Anne-Marie Green
Anne-Marie Green
Senior Communications Manager, Wiley

paper planes.PNGI’ll admit it. I was a little uneasy about attending The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony this year.

 

But living within seven miles of Harvard University has its advantages, and the chance to attend the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony is certainly one of them. Held every September, the prizes are, in the organizers’ words, “awarded for achievements that first make people LAUGH and then make them THINK.” Actual Nobel Laureates, academics and researchers from across the disciplines, and non-academes alike descend upon the ornate Sanders Theater to laud published research that happens to be funny.

 

The theme for this year’s awards and the word for the audience to hoot and holler at (a la Pee Wee’s Playhouse), was “uncertainty”. A lot of us are feeling a lot of that these days. Accordingly, much of the ceremony left us scratching our heads, but in a good way.

 

Early in the evening The Fluid Dynamics prize went to the author who posed the question: “Can cats be both a solid and a liquid?” with his paper “On the Rheology of Cats.” We’ve all seen cats of the internet Cirque de Soleil themselves to fit into the most unlikely places, but author Marc-Antoine Fardin won this distinction by taking his curiosity that much further, to see whether cats can flow like liquids.

 

According to the researchers awarded the Ig Nobel “Peace” prize, playing the digeridoo can alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. Get it? Peace? While it certainly sounds like a safe and non-invasive therapy, I’m not convinced listening to the digeridoo is preferable to listening to snoring (sorry digeridoo fans).

 

Other prizewinning studies included a look at the neural factors that might contribute to disgust with cheese, why old men have big ears, and the effects of a vaginal Ipod-like music player on babies in utero (enough said).

 

Surrounding the award presentation was the usual circus of activities: paper airplane throwing at a human target, a three-act opera (this year’s drama  centered on being promoted to your level of incompetency) and an 8 year old girl repeating “Please stop, I’m bored.” to curtail long acceptance speeches, among other shenanigans.

 

So, why the uneasiness? It occurred to me that in a time when peer reviewed science and academic research is being questioned, discounted and/or de-funded, maybe it’s a little risky to giggle at academic research. When we’re earnestly trying to defend science and research is it safe to have a sense of humor about it?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. And, we must. Not least among many reasons is that one of the aims of the awards is to spark interest and curiosity in research. I’d say driving the public interest in science is an important thing to do right now. While on the surface the prize winning research may seem ridiculous, behind it there are important ideas and researchers brave enough to explore them. Let’s not forget that there has been an Ig Nobel winner who went on to win a “real” Nobel.

 

Beyond that, we have to have the humility to laugh at ourselves no matter the circumstance. And it’s just good fun.

 

After all, how many times in life can you say that Physics Nobel prize winner Roy Glauber swept up your paper airplanes?

 

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