Month: October 2010

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Understanding measures of journal quality and impact

Journals have differing recognition factors, either in a specific field or across multiple disciplines. The quality and impact of the journal is usually apparent through how widely it is read, how often it is cited, and its perception in the community. The quality and impact can be quantified in terms of various widely-accepted parameters, like the Impact Factor, SCImago Journal Rank, Article Influence, H-Index, which are described in this post.

How to engage the attention of the reader in your research paper

There are several aspects which are critical to capturing the attention of the reader and then maintaining a high level of engagement throughout the length of the article. An author has to strike the right balance between several different and at times conflicting considerations for this purpose. The content of the article should be characterized by appropriate language and expression, and should be elegantly structured to maximize impact.

The Confident Presenter Focuses on Each Moment

Once you have gained control of your materials and practiced in steps 1 and 2, you can focus your full awareness on each moment of your presentation to truly give your audience the best possible experience. Live the principle, “Be here now,” and your audience will be there with you.

The Confident Presenter Prepares Purposefully

Whether this is your first presentation at a professional conference or your twentieth, showing your research to an audience of your peers can be intimidating. Everyone feels “butterflies in my stomach,” even the most experienced speaker. My advice is: Embrace your butterflies! Envision them keeping you energized during your presentation.

Accuracy: Random and Systematic Errors

Accuracy or precision is probably the most critical characteristic of measured or collected data. The nature of conclusions derived from the data, and eventually the quality of the work is determined by the extent of precision in both measurements and analyses. This post describes some of the sources of error (both random and systematic), how these can be isolated, and the statistical distributions used to characterize them.

Rejection of Scientific Papers – Part II

In evaluating a manuscript submitted for publication in a journal, a peer reviewer takes into account many factors. The primary considerations related to quality, originality and presentation are listed in the attached presentation. Based on these, suggestions are outlined, which would minimize the possibility of rejection.

Rejection of Scientific Papers – Part I

Researchers usually dread the prospect of having their manuscript rejected when it is submitted for publication, since it represents a big setback to their endeavors. There are myriad reasons for this, and it is essential to understand the fundamental considerations involved in maximizing the probability of acceptance. This post outlines the journal requirements and research aspects with relevant data.

Making Complex Organic Matter (Nobel Chemistry Prize 2010)

The synthesis of complex organic molecules can be a challenging task since carbon atoms prefer not to react with each other due to their inherent stability. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2010 was awarded to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for developing the technique of “palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis”.

Test-Tube Babies (Nobel Physiology/Medicine Prize 2010)

The realization of human births through In Vitro (within glass) Fertilization (IVF), commonly referred to as “test-tube babies”, represented a giant advance in the treatment of infertility. The Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for 2010 was awarded to Robert G. Edwards for pioneering the IVF technique.

Graphene: Thin Is In! (Nobel Physics Prize 2010)

It is the thinnest material ever created, yet its wondrous properties will have a tremendous impact on our lives in the future! This miracle material is graphene, which is nothing but a single layer of carbon atoms. The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010 was awarded to Andre K. Geim and Konstantin S. Novoselov for discovering and identifying some of its unique properties.

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