Help gather data and inform­ation to recognize the role of early career researchers in peer review

Peer review is a central tenet of the evaluation of academic research. Peer reviewing manuscripts for journal publication is seen as part of a researcher’s service. Graduate students, who are supposed to be training in the sciences, should therefore clearly be participating in, and receiving  … Read more

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MBoC to begin publishing reviewer commentary along with articles

To promote transparency in scientific research, the basic research journal of the American Society for Cell Biology, Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), will begin publishing peer review reports along with articles beginning in early 2019. “Publishing peer reviewers’ comments and authors’ responses will encourage  … Read more

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A Good Bill with Bad Implications

Since 2011, Representative William Lacy Clay (D-MO) has introduced a bill in each Congress with a very noble goal: to require that appointments to federal agency advisory committees be made without consideration of political involvement or party membership. Unfortunately, the good intentions also could mean  … Read more

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preLights: Preprint highlights for biology

Preprints are a growing trend that is pushing the pace of dissemination of scientific information. preLights is a new service that selects and highlights preprints in a wide range of biological fields and can help you keep up to date! First, what are preprints? Preprints are unpublished  … Read more

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Journal of Postdoctoral Research: an avenue for postdocs to publish their science

As scientists, we need to become good at critiquing our own and our peers’ research. Analyzing and commenting on research outcomes promotes our own ability to interpret data and realize all its caveats. Writing about our research often gives us a chance to take a  … Read more

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The Ethics of Authorship in Science

The publication of original findings plays a pivotal role in the advancement of science and technology, regardless of the scientific discipline. Moreover, it provides an empirical and theoretical rationale for the generation of new hypotheses, creating a feedforward loop that contributes to the understanding of  … Read more

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