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Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity During Thesis Writing

For many scientists the most intimidating aspect of undertaking a PhD isn’t the long hours in the lab or the uncertain nature of the job length in academia that follows it. It’s the thought of attempting to...
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How to Give a Great Scientific Talk and Engage Your Audience

We have all been to awful talks—hours of slides crammed with data, given by presenters who assume you know as much as they do. But hopefully you’ve also seen a great scientific talk. A talk in which...
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The Easier Way to Write a PhD Thesis

Without good planning and preparation, writing your thesis can be a nightmare. Here are some tips on how to make the process a whole lot easier.
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A 6 Step Guide for Preparing your First Scientific Manuscript

You can’t put it off any longer – you need to write your first manuscript. This task can seem daunting at first, but with a little organization and planning, you’ll soon be publishing.
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How (not) to write a terrible scientific thesis

So it’s time to write up your thesis. By now, you probably consider yourself an expert on your topic or you hate the sight of it (or both!). Either way, hundreds of typewritten pages are all that stands...
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Publishing Online? Consider a Graphical Abstract

There is a new way to present your paper, and some journals are even beginning to require it. Introducing… the Graphical Abstract. When submitting for online journals, not only do you have to write your...
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A poster presentation at a conference: a to-do list

People go to conferences to get feedback on their work, to learn about recent findings, and to meet colleagues (both new and old). I advise not to concentrate only on your work, but also on on your goals. Here is my algorithm for attending conferences.
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Writing a Scientific Review: Gathering Information, Writing, and Creating New Knowledge

Scientific reviews are one of the two main genres of scientific literature. Research papers declare new findings; reviews build the systems based on findings. Here is my personal view on how to make your scientific review to stand out in a good way.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Making and Presenting a Scientific Poster

At a conference, a poster can be a great tool for drawing people into conversation. Not only do you have something to break the ice with, you can also get really useful feedback from a completely different...
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What You Should Know About Intellectual Property Rights

Innovation is the essence of research and it is the fuel that keeps the research industry going. If it were not for inventions, the field of scientific research would have dropped dead long ago. However,...
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