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Why do I need an ORCID number? How are they useful for my research career?
Why do I need an ORCID number? How are they useful for my research career?Do you have your own ORCID researcher identification number? If not, then we recommend you get one! Increasing numbers of researchers around the world have signed up for one of these unique numbers and you should too.June 11, 2021Preparation and Careers, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 09-promoting-your-research
Has my research been plagiarized? A paper similar to mine has appeared in another journal, yet my paper is still in peer review!
Has my research been plagiarized? A paper similar to mine has appeared in another journal, yet my paper is still in peer review!Here are the two most likely explanations: (1) Someone else working on the same question was simply faster than you. (2) Someone gained access to your work before submission, or while your paper was under review.June 4, 2021Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
I’m a PhD student. How do I go on to the next stage of my career?
I’m a PhD student. How do I go on to the next stage of my career?Thinking about moving from a PhD to a postdoc? Don’t panic! Feeling confused or overwhelmed about your life after a PhD? Don’t worry! You have choices. You have transferrable skills. How can you navigate this key career change? What are the issues to consider?  The move from PhD …May 31, 2021Preparation and Careers, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 09-promoting-your-research
Been asked to do a peer review? This is why you should say YES!
Been asked to do a peer review? This is why you should say YES!Been asked to perform peer review for a journal? Turn it into a career opportunity!  Let’s find out why doing peer reviews is great for your career.  Imagine you’ve received an invitation to review a paper from a leading journal. Or put another way, imagine that …May 25, 2021Preparation and Careers, Reading and Reviewing01-research-careers 02-reading-and-reviewing
How do I differentiate my research from that of others?
How do I differentiate my research from that of others?You can be different in your research writing — more eye-catching and more memorable! This is also important if you are going to get your work published in leading journals where editors, of course, want to see work that’s a …May 21, 2021Preparation and Careers, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 09-promoting-your-research
How do editors edit? What is proofreading?
How do editors edit? What is proofreading?Editors working on articles for language do two things: They correct (often following checklists and style guides) and they enhance readability. These two parts of the editing process are both very important.May 17, 2021Reading and Reviewing, Research Writing02-reading-and-reviewing 05-research-writing
What is the future of academic assessment?
What is the future of academic assessment?Of course, we teach about, and advise on, journal selection at the Edanz Learning Lab; this is one of the most important questions researchers face throughout the academic writing and publishing journey. But what is impact, really? University around the …May 13, 2021Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review, Promoting Your Research06-publishing-ethics-peer-review 09-promoting-your-research
Beating writer’s block
Beating writer’s blockSuffering from writer’s block? Here are some tips and tricks from our expert writing team on how to ‘beat the block‘!May 11, 2021Preparation and Careers, Research Writing01-research-careers 05-research-writing
Webinar (5/14): 'Academic Branding' with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke!
Webinar (5/14): ‘Academic Branding’ with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke!FREE Live Webinar Event with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke! Friday May 14 2021: “ACADEMIC BRANDING” How to improve your visibility, networking, and career opportunitiesMay 10, 2021Preparation and Careers, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 09-promoting-your-research
Journal Said "Major Revisions" Needed? Here's What to Do
Journal Said “Major Revisions” Needed? Here’s What to DoOne of our papers came back from review the other day with a decision of ‘major revisions required’. Is this good news? What does this really mean?May 7, 2021Research Writing, Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review05-research-writing 06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
How to write an effective personal statement
How to write an effective personal statementSo-called ‘personal statements’ are short documents written by candidates applying to universities that are very often used for assessment by admissions tutors. So how do you write an effective one?May 5, 2021Preparation and Careers, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 09-promoting-your-research
How do I SELECT the right JOURNAL for my paper
How do I SELECT the right JOURNAL for my paperAre you looking for a journal for your next research article? This is one of the most important decisions that researchers make in the publishing process.April 30, 2021Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
How to get your paper CITED! (Top 12 Tips)
How to get your paper CITED! (Top 12 Tips)There is no point writing a research paper and publishing it in a leading international journal if no-one reads it, downloads it, or cites it. Maximizing our publication citations is key to reputation, career, and standing in the field!April 27, 2021Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
Which verb tense should I use in my research paper?(Friday FAQs)
Which verb tense should I use in my research paper?(Friday FAQs)Feeling TENSE about verbs? Dr. Dyke is here to help! In this short video, learn which verb tense to use for each section of your research paper.April 23, 2021Research Writing, Academic English05-research-writing 07-academic-english
Webinar (4/29): 'Writing for ACCEPTANCE' with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke!
Webinar (4/29): ‘Writing for ACCEPTANCE’ with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke!FREE Live Webinar Event: “Writing for ACCEPTANCE” with our own Dr. Gareth Dyke! (4/29) JST 17:00 / CST 16:00 / BST 09:00April 22, 2021General00-general
Free ebook guide to structuring your clinical research report!
Free ebook guide to structuring your clinical research report!FREE PDF e-book: Clinical Research Writing Template (a brief, easy-to-follow guide for writing a research article in clinical healthcare)April 20, 2021Research Writing05-research-writing
How professional editing can increase your chances of journal acceptance by 300%
How professional editing can increase your chances of journal acceptance by 300%Ensuring your paper has the highest possible chance of being sent out for peer review by the academic editor is the first part of the publishing process. English quality and readability are therefore very, very, very important!April 19, 2021Academic English, Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review07-academic-english 06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
How to select an open access journal
How to select an open access journalPicking a good journal to target with a research article is one of the most common issues researchers face. How can you select? There are literally thousands of journals out there to choose from? Which is going to be best …April 15, 2021Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
How to structure an effective CV to ensure you are on the top of the pile!
How to structure an effective CV to ensure you are on the top of the pile!We all need an effective and eye-catching CV that ensures we stand out at the top of the pile. The question is: How to grab people’s attention and ensure you have the best possible chance of winning an interview for …April 14, 2021Preparation and Careers01-research-careers
How to get maximum impact with minimum time and energy
How to get maximum impact with minimum time and energyHow can you write up your next research paper to ensure maximum impact, while at the same time saving time and energy? We went though the pain and made lots of mistakes so you don’t have to!April 13, 2021Research Writing, Promoting Your Research05-research-writing 09-promoting-your-research
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Are you maximizing your post-publication output?Research ‘impact’ is best visualised as academic impact plus the difference your work makes to the lives of ordinary people (think: socioeconomic impact). The first of these variables (academic impact) is much easier to measure (citations, downloads, reads) but the …April 12, 2021General00-general
How long should I wait for my paper to come back from peer review?
How long should I wait for my paper to come back from peer review?In today’s “Friday’s FAQs”, Dr. Gareth Dyke explains what to do (and NOT to do) when waiting to hear back from the journal about your submission.April 9, 2021General00-general
FOUR questions every ABSTRACT should ANSWER!
FOUR questions every ABSTRACT should ANSWER!Dr. Gareth Dyke explains the easy, effective way to write the abstract for your paper — just by writing short answers to FOUR simple questions.April 6, 2021General00-general
Dr. Gareth Dyke joins the Edanz Learning team!
Dr. Gareth Dyke joins the Edanz Learning team!Meet Gareth, palaeontologist and author of more than 280 peer-reviewed articles in top journals such as Nature and Science. Dr. Dyke manages the Taylor & Francis journal Historical Biology as Editor-in-Chief. Here he briefly introduces himself as Edanz’s newest team …April 5, 2021General00-general
Preprints: Shining a light on emerging research
When you post the draft of your scientific manuscript publicly before it is accepted by a journal, your draft is called a preprint. There are several websites called preprint servers that allow researchers to post an unpublished manuscript so that …October 2, 2020Preparation and Careers, Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review01-research-careers 06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
FIVE online presentation mistakes to avoid!
FIVE online presentation mistakes to avoid!Post-COVID-19, our professional presentations have moved increasingly (and often suddenly) online. It’s time for a skills check! Are you making any of these five common online presentation mistakes?September 21, 2020Speaking and Presenting, General08-speaking-and-presenting 00-general
Welcome to the EQUATOR! Guidelines for Good Research in Health Science
Welcome to the EQUATOR! Guidelines for Good Research in Health ScienceWe have all heard and read this many times: “You must follow reporting guidelines when writing and publishing your research.” Sure… but which reporting guidelines do I follow? CONSORT, STROBE, CARE, ARRIVE, MOOSE, PRISMA, SPIRIT, STARD, AGREE, CHEERS…September 7, 2020Preparation and Careers, Effective Research Methods01-research-careers 03-research-methods
Hook That Journal Editor!
Hook That Journal Editor!You need a great cover letter to make a strong first impression on the editor. This free interactive PDF shows you how to highlight the strengths of your submission.August 5, 2020Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
Two examples of systematic reviews with rich media
Two examples of systematic reviews with rich media“Efficacy and safety of dual SGLT 1/2 inhibitor sotagliflozin in type 1 diabetes: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials” + “Diagnostic accuracy of serological tests for covid-19: systematic review and meta-analysis”July 27, 2020Data Handling, Promoting Your Research04-data-handling 09-promoting-your-research
Can YOU ride the big wave of a PRISMA FLOW DIAGRAM?
Can YOU ride the big wave of a PRISMA FLOW DIAGRAM?The flow diagram (also called flowchart or flow chart) is typically the first figure in the results section of your systematic review.June 30, 2020Reading and Reviewing, Data Handling02-reading-and-reviewing 04-data-handling
Finding your way through a FOREST PLOT
Finding your way through a FOREST PLOTThe forest plot is a figure that appears in the Results section of a systematic literature review report. It is a graphic representation of the findings of multiple studies that investigated the same scientific question and measured the same outcome.June 16, 2020Effective Research Methods, Data Handling03-research-methods 04-data-handling
The Systematic Review: It Came from Existing Studies!
The Systematic Review: It Came from Existing Studies!The systematic review is structured like an original research study. Here are the basic parts you’ll need to build your own!June 9, 2020Reading and Reviewing, Research Writing02-reading-and-reviewing 05-research-writing
What is ‘risk of bias’ in a systematic review?
What is ‘risk of bias’ in a systematic review?The last time you read a systematic literature review, you may have seen a graph that looked like traffic lights. The “traffic lights” graph in a systematic review report shows the risk of bias for each study that was reviewed. …May 29, 2020Reading and Reviewing, Effective Research Methods, Data Handling02-reading-and-reviewing 03-research-methods 04-data-handling
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Use a “V”-shaped introduction to capture readers’ attentionMillions of research articles are written every year in thousands of journals. Your reader deserves to know why you decided to add yet another article. The Introduction section is your chance to explain why your study exists — and why …May 10, 2020Research Writing05-research-writing
Put together the P.I.E.C.E.S. of your systematic review
Put together the P.I.E.C.E.S. of your systematic reviewPerforming and publishing an amazing SLR can boost your career. Terrific! But how do you get started?April 27, 2020Preparation and Careers, Effective Research Methods01-research-careers 03-research-methods
Five proven ways to strengthen your clinical trial protocol synopsis
Five proven ways to strengthen your clinical trial protocol synopsisFollow these five tips to write a great clinical trial synopsis.April 17, 2020Effective Research Methods, Research Writing03-research-methods 05-research-writing
Systematic Review QUICK QUIZ! (Feb 26 2020)
Systematic Review QUICK QUIZ! (Feb 26 2020)Li et al., (2019) performed a meta-analysis of clinical outcomes of nicorandil administration at the time of PCI in patients with STEMI. The primary endpoint was MACE (short-term and long-term); the secondary endpoint was no-reflow phenomenon.February 26, 2020Reading and Reviewing, Effective Research Methods02-reading-and-reviewing 03-research-methods
Tools for measuring the success of your article
Tools for measuring the success of your articleYou have worked hard to plan, implement, and publish your research. Now what? How do you know what impact your research is making on your field? Impact factor The impact factor (IF) of a journal represents how frequently articles published …February 12, 2020Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
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Journal guidelines and ethical requirementsJournal requirements may vary regarding whether appropriate institutional review board approval and patient consent needs to be mentioned in the article text or in a separate section—in the submission cover letter, for example. However, it is still important that the …January 12, 2020Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Communicating with your peer reviewer (part 2)
Communicating with your peer reviewer (part 2)Point-by-point responses Every reviewer comment should be numbered (if they are not already) and a clear, thorough response provided for each. If you agree with the reviewer’s suggestion, you should say so and explain how you have modified your manuscript.  …December 17, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
What I Wish I’d Known Before I Wrote My First Clinical Protocol
What I Wish I’d Known Before I Wrote My First Clinical Protocolby Sumudu Narayana A clinical protocol is the framework of a trial, outlining how the trial will be conducted and providing all the necessary guidelines for the study team. Writing a research protocol for a clinical trial is an intricate …December 3, 2019Effective Research Methods, Data Handling03-research-methods 04-data-handling
Ethical approval, informed consent, and patient data
Ethical approval, informed consent, and patient dataEthical approval An ethical approach is necessary not only in the final stage of manuscript preparation: all research must conform to set ethical standards. You may also need to check your target journal for specific requirements: for example, whether you …November 26, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
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The Ethics of Authorship, Acknowledgments, and Conflicts of interestAuthorship Before you submit your work to a journal you must clearly indicate the author (or authors). A journal editor will expect to know who the author or authors are, and that they are qualified to be considered authors of …November 22, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Ethics Organizations
Ethics OrganizationsA number or organizations have been established to ensure that ethical guidelines are developed and being followed in research and academic publishing. Being familiar with these organizations can help authors better understand these ethical expectations. These organizations also provide a …November 20, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Why you should never attempt multiple submissions or 'salami publishing'
Why you should never attempt multiple submissions or ‘salami publishing’Two unethical research publishing practices to avoid are multiple submissions and ‘salami publishing‘.November 11, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
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Presenting your results effectively, part 1: using tablesThe display items or illustrations of a scientific research manuscript are used to present the study results and consist of tables and figures. Figures can include graphs, photographs, drawings, medical scans, schematics, and charts. (In publishing, all illustrations are usually …November 4, 2019Data Handling, Speaking and Presenting04-data-handling 08-speaking-and-presenting
Why reading is the 'secret' writing skill
Why reading is the ‘secret’ writing skillEditors, reviewers, and other readers of your work have expectations for where they will find your information. If what they are looking for is not where it is supposed to be, they may stop reading. Hence, you need to know …October 29, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
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Promoting your research with SEO and social mediaSearch engine optimization Authors are encouraged include all of the most relevant words and phrases from their manuscript in their abstract, title, and keywords to make their manuscript easy to find. Think about what terms a person might enter into …October 19, 2019Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
Purpose, structure, and style of the Abstract
Purpose, structure, and style of the AbstractThe abstract is a short summary of your manuscript. It is extremely important that your abstract is well prepared and sufficiently represents your paper, because the abstract is often the only part of paper that will be read.October 10, 2019Research Writing05-research-writing
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The No-Pressure, No-Expectations Approach to Attending Scientific ConferencesScience is in fact a social profession. Our fellow scientists are our collaborators, our competitors, our supervisors and our reviewers, and Such conferences can also be a source of dread for shy and introverted people. Many scientists prefer small groups, …October 3, 2019Speaking and Presenting08-speaking-and-presenting
How much reading should you do?
How much reading should you do?To identify good research questions, you need to know what questions have already been asked and how other researchers have tried to answer them.September 18, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
Strategies for reading
Strategies for readingDeciding which academic articles to read can feel like an intimidating task, particularly if your research interests are in a well-established field. A keyword search in online databases such as EconLit, PsycInfo, PubMed, SCOPUS, and Web of Science may yield …September 10, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
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Studying Medicine Abroad in English When English Isn’t Your First LanguageStudying medicine is exceptionally challenging. Studying medicine abroad can be even more challenging. Studying medicine abroad in English when it’s not your first language adds another barrier.August 12, 2019Preparation and Careers, General01-research-careers 00-general
How existing studies can help you build a good research question
How existing studies can help you build a good research questionBuilding on existing studies Editors and reviewers will assess how your study fits in with the current literature. They will also check:  if your research question is an important one  if your findings are useful, and  if your research is …July 24, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
Extraordinary Developments Raise Bioethical Issues in Life Science Research
Extraordinary Developments Raise Bioethical Issues in Life Science ResearchOver the past decade we have witnessed astonishing breakthroughs. However with these phenomenal discoveries also come gravely serious ethical questions.July 10, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Writing point: Study Design Limitations in Physical Science
Writing point: Study Design Limitations in Physical Science by Clement Ng, PhD In the physical sciences, and particularly fundamental research, describing the technical benefits of your study is a challenge in and of itself. Therefore, it’s common to forget to include a rigorous statement about your study limitations. …June 10, 2019Research Writing, Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review05-research-writing 06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Keywords and Indexing: helping readers find your article
Keywords and Indexing: helping readers find your articleKeywords are an important element in the discoverability and visibility of your paper. Therefore, you should choose your keywords carefully to increase your paper’s retrieval in Internet search engines by readers interested in topics related to your paper. Keywords should …June 5, 2019Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
Evaluating the literature and finding gaps in the knowledge
Evaluating the literature and finding gaps in the knowledgeA thorough literature review is vital before you start a project. The main goal of a literature review is to determine what research has been conducted, how it was conducted, and what knowledge gaps still exist.May 17, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
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Abstracts and KeywordsFirst to be read, last to be written: Your paper’s abstract is critical because many researchers and journal editors will read only that part.April 17, 2019Promoting Your Research09-promoting-your-research
How to Write About Your Study Limitations Without Limiting Your Impact
How to Write About Your Study Limitations Without Limiting Your ImpactWhen writing manuscripts for publication, there are many important details that need to be included…April 2, 2019Research Writing, Promoting Your Research05-research-writing 09-promoting-your-research
Choose the Journal that is Right for You
Choose the Journal that is Right for YouWhere to send your manuscript? Selection of an appropriate journal and publication type is critical: get it right and you instantly increase your chances of successful publication and regular citation. Conversely, sending a manuscript to an inappropriate journal is a …March 2, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review, Promoting Your Research06-publishing-ethics-peer-review 09-promoting-your-research
Journal Resubmission: Structure of a response letter
Journal Resubmission: Structure of a response letterResubmission In general, journals give about 1 month for you to revise a manuscript because of a presentation or language problem and about 3 months for revisions needing re-analysis or new studies. Estimate the time needed and negotiate with the …February 20, 2019Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review06-publishing-ethics-peer-review
Understanding the Limits of Peer Review
Understanding the Limits of Peer ReviewOne of the defining features of academic publishing – and the one that gives it its credibility – is peer review. Few will dispute the importance of this process; however, many agree that the current system has its flaws. As …February 2, 2019Reading and Reviewing02-reading-and-reviewing
Using literature reviews, conferences, and seminars to develop your research question
Using literature reviews, conferences, and seminars to develop your research questionThere are several resources that you can use while developing your research question. These include the current literature (such as books and journals) and academic meetings (such as conferences and seminars).January 11, 2019Reading and Reviewing, Effective Research Methods02-reading-and-reviewing 03-research-methods
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Powerful Benefits of Using R to Analyze Your Research Data (and a Few Limitations)You’ve painstakingly gathered data from 569 patients; 350 out of whom were receiving an experimental treatment. Now you need to estimate the average effect of this treatment. It’s time for some data analysis! Some may welcome this challenge, while others bristle …December 24, 2018Data Handling04-data-handling
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Starting Your Career in Clinical Research – A Clinical Trials Manager’s Top Tipsby Sumudu Narayana Careers in clinical research can be financially rewarding and offer solid stability in the job market. An Indeed.com found the average salary for clinical research associates (CRAs) in the US was $95,000, though some earn over $125,000. Glassdoor finds a lower …November 14, 2018Preparation and Careers, Effective Research Methods01-research-careers 03-research-methods
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How to Build Your Publication Record During Your Graduate and Doctoral Studiesby Kat Bebbington It’s a saying that pops up again and again in science. Your publication record is the measure that everyone – from colleagues to funding agencies – uses to judge your quality as a researcher. Aside from helping …October 20, 2018Preparation and Careers, Publishing, Ethics, and Peer Review, Promoting Your Research01-research-careers 06-publishing-ethics-peer-review 09-promoting-your-research
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How can a researcher get over writer’s block?You’ve done your research and you (and perhaps your collaborators as well) are ready to put fingers to keyboard and start writing up your report. Congratulations, you are taking a big step on the road to publication. However, research writers …September 20, 2018Preparation and Careers, Research Writing01-research-careers 05-research-writing
Up Close with Edanz Experts – Dr. Jennifer Smith
Up Close with Edanz Experts – Dr. Jennifer SmithEdanz expert editors bring so much more to us than their meticulous editing skills and insight. They have a fascinating wealth of life and study experience that we seldom get the chance to see. In this series we get to …July 12, 2017General00-general
 
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