I have just added a link to Editage Insights on the blog roll to the right of the front page. This is not quite an online tool as I define it, but definitely a useful ressource for researchers. This is how Editage describes this relatively new platform:
Editage Insights is a dynamic blog designed to educate authors, connect journal editors with authors and vice versa, and allow people to engage in discussion about key developments in the academic publishing industry. It is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and thus has a wide reach, especially in East Asia, an emerging research hub. Some of the key highlights Editage Insights offers are interviews with journal editors and industry experts, a Q&A forum for authors seeking advice on the publication process, and updates on training programs conducted by Editage.
The service is an initiative from Editage, a editing service specialized in scientific publishing.
PubChase 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.
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