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08 August 2014  |  Posted in Research and Writing, Scientific conventions  |  Comment on this post »
structure-your-dissertation

Pulling together years of research into a dissertation may seem a daunting task. But it needn’t be. If you can organize a scientific article, you can structure a dissertation.

Dissertation Structure
Like scientific articles, the structure of a dissertation varies somewhat depending on the nature of the research and the dictates of the publisher, the university in this case. Dissertation examples can be reviewed to find accepted formats, but typically, as in a scientific article, there are five basic sections: introduction, experimental, results, discussion, and conclusion.

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scientific-authorship

In scientific research, there are often numerous contributors on papers and studies, especially in the university setting where undergraduate and graduate students provide assistance. Some projects involve multiple institutions, increasing the number of collaborators even further. With so many people assisting a project, it can be difficult to know how to assign the authorship. That is why there are certain rules and guidelines to authorship that every scientist should know.

Guidelines for Scientific Authorship
Although there are conventions of scientific authorship, and at times specific guidelines for submission, there is no clear-cut, universal protocol for the inclusion and order of the authors.

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research-paper-online

An academic paper published and shared online will be corrected or retracted much more often than a research paper that is only shared privately. Data was gathered by Dr. Paul Brookes, an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Brookes found that life science research papers are corrected or retracted roughly seven times more often than papers that are only privately discussed.

Brookes actually started his own website to identify potential problems with information presented in life science academic papers. The website, science-fraud.org, went up in July of 2012 but ran into severe problems with the academic world and publishers.

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04 June 2014  |  Posted in Research Integrity, Scientific conventions  |  Comment on this post »
publishing-waiver

Academic publishing as it is known in the United States is being compromised by a publishing waiver that authors are required to sign when writing for such scholarly journals as Scientific American, Nature, and others. Authors writing for Nature, for example, are required to sign a waiver that not only gives away any economic rights to their work, but also any moral rights. Those moral rights include proper credit for the article as well as protecting the work against any future alterations.

In the field of scholarly publishing, university faculty who publish their work in academic journals seek nothing more than proper credit for the work and the protection of their reputation.

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24 May 2014  |  Posted in Peer Review, Scientific conventions  |  Comment on this post »
refereeing-journal-articles

Reviewing journal articles as a referee is a lot of work. My adviser in graduate school once remarked that he would routinely devote his Saturday mornings to the task, a significant amount of time that he could have spent writing research proposals or catching up on his own reading in the literature. Why serve as a referee? Officially, there is one overriding reason. Without referees, peer review cannot take place and no peer reviewed papers can be published. Being a referee is something that every researcher should consider a duty, like serving in the military if this is necessary for national survival.

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