Using social media to get people involved (and caring) about your research field

Getting ordinary citizens involved in your science work and making them understand its importance and relevance is an avenue that needs to become second nature for scientists... This week in the Christian Science Monitor, a research team studying sharks uses social media to get the public involved and interested in the plight of sharks in the world's oceans.
Read More

Modernizing peer review : discussing Ferreira et al. 2015 Biological Reviews

In the journal Biological Reviews, a group of researchers from the Department of Biology at Trent University have published a paper looking at peer review and the need for a quasi-revolution in terms of how peer review works. Given my academic experience, I was curious to see the validity of their points and how the peer review system has (or has not) changed over the last while. In presenting ...
Read More

Is the choice of title critical for manuscript acceptance?

In the journal Evolution and Ecology (advanced publication), Charles Fox and Sean Burns look at how titles for manuscripts submitted to Functional Biology have evolved over the last 10 years and whether title structure affected acceptance rates (The relationship between manuscript title structure and success: editorial decisions and citation performance for an ecological journal). They also looked...
Read More