Applying for jobs.. the slog

Applying for an academic job is a little different from other jobs, especially in the amount of documentation some schools require. Academic CV’s are famously long. But then there are documents such as: research statement (2-6 pages) teaching statement diversity...

There are many ways to scientific fraud

An entertaining version of it was published ten years ago, by Neuroskeptic at: The 9 Circles of Scientific Hell Dante’s : a classic of world literature, the definitive statement of the mediaeval Christian world-view, the first major work in the Italian language,...

Tweet to increase our citation scores?

Citation scores are berated as being a poor predictor of article quality.. but still the best one available. Scholars are also often judged on citation scores. So the question of how to increase ones citation score is salient. The most important is of course to...

Advice through a PhD, from Oliver Williamson

We all know our PhD journey has been unique, special, just like the snowflakes we are. Reading the advice Oliver Williamson gave his phd students, makes me smile, it is advice I should have got during my journey. It would have been perfectly tailored to me. The essay,...

The importance of stupidity in scientific research

I think the Lego Gradstudent is brilliant! Very dark humour, but ohh so funny, especially if and when you feel a little down during your PhD journey. The creator made a video about the “impostor syndrome”, that many experience at times. To watch it: I...

A manifesto for reproducible science

There are ohh-so many ways to mess up when conducting research, leading either intentionally or unintentionally, to false results. Open science, where every effort is made to allow others to check your work (put very simply) is on the rise. Here is a great article on...