Jessica Polka

Jessica Polka is director of ASAPbio, a biologist-driven nonprofit working to improve life sciences communication. She is also a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute and a member of ASCB's public policy committee.

Preprint comments: boon or 'bog?'

October 27, 2017

The ultimate benefit of preprints (scientific manuscripts posted online before the completion of peer review) is the acceleration of discovery…

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Opinion by Jessica Polka

July 31, 2017

For background and information on the GSI and NGRI, click here Even after passing through the bottleneck between a postdoc…

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Fresh Research, Delivered: How to Set up Preprint Alerts

July 15, 2016
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How do you keep up to date on the literature in your field? If you rely exclusively on PubMed alerts,…

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Fair Labor Standards Act—What It Means for Postdocs

May 26, 2016
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New labor regulations from the Obama administration are offering universities a great opportunity to improve working conditions for postdocs—and make…

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Consensus Grows on Preprints in Biology

April 4, 2016

On February 16–17 at Howard Hughes Medical Institute headquarters outside of Washington, DC, 70 attendees (junior and senior scientists, representatives…

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Consensus grows on preprints in biology

February 24, 2016
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On February 16-17 at HHMI Headquarters outside of Washington, DC, 70 attendees (junior and senior scientists, representatives from funding agencies,…

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Make your voice heard on preprints in biology

January 8, 2016
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The primary job of a scientist is to discover knowledge and communicate it to the community. Unfortunately, while technology is…

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Get Started with Wikipedia at the ASCB Edit-a-Thon

December 4, 2015
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Every couple of days ResearchGate sends me an enthusiastic email with a subject line reading something like, “Jessica, a researcher…

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Making a Multimedia Elevator Pitch

July 24, 2015
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By now, you’ve probably heard of the importance of (and maybe even devised and practiced) an elevator pitch. But given…

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11 Tricks for Using OneNote as Your Lab Notebook

June 19, 2015
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Over the past few months, I’ve presented two sessions describing the use of Microsoft OneNote as an electronic lab notebook…

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