Publish and Network on the ScienceOpen plateform

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 9.30.33 PMA quick note to say I’m adding ScienceOpen in the list of online tools for researcher.

The platform qualifies itself as a “Research and Publishing Network”. It is an open access publisher, inviting members of the ScienceOpen network to  review submitted papers.  ScienceOpen then opens it up to all researchers with a ORCID and has at least five publication to further comment on the article after publication. At the moment it is referencing over 1,000,000 open access articles from various open access databases. ScienceOpen also included a networking component, to share papers, open discussion groups and collaborate with other researchers.

ScienceOpen is a start-up company based in Berlin (Germany) and Boston (USA). Learn more about ScienceOpen here.


PubChase launches a career advice forum for researchers

Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 3.00.46 PMPubChase has been busy these past few months. In addition to their literature recommendations search engine on desktop and mobile, they regularly invite researchers write assays on the story behind their latest publications. They now launched a new initiative that could have a strong impact by helping young scientists navigate in the sometimes troubled waters of academic life.

The new career advice forum is a semi-crowdsourced list of science career-related Q&A. PubChase has aligned a rather impressive panel of mentors that answer questions that anyone can ask. The motivation for the forum (as explained in this blog post) is to provide free and good quality mentoring for scientists and researchers. Too many young researchers are facing difficulties with their supervisors in part because academic scientific leaders often lack proper management training. PIs are also incredibly busy and giving career advice is often not on top of their list of priorities.

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List of questions and answers on the PubChase career advice forum

The forum gives you advice about what should you do if, for the past 3 years, your advisor has been asking for one “last experiment” before you publish? Or how should you react if your PI has simultaneously handed the same project to you and another student in the lab At the moment, one question is being answered every week, eventually buildup up to be a repository of career advise accessible to all. PubChase Career Advice Forum

LaTeX collaborative writing with Authorea

Happy New Year to all! Authorea

For your first paper of the year, why not try one of the online collaborative writing tools? A few like ShareLaTex and WriteLaTex have been development specifically to write scientific papers. I’ve also more recently bumped into Authorea. Described on their website as “a spin-off initiative of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics”, this tool allows users to easily collaborate around a LaTeX document in a browser-integrated interface. The final documents can then be exported directly as pdf formated for various popular journals.

Here’s a quick video that nicely showcases the functionalities.