Author Archives: Adam

Top five tips when asking for an academic reference (or any for that matter)

Having now both asked for academic references and been asked for academic references.  I thought it would be useful to share some brief insight in how to make the process as smooth as possible for both parties.  Whilst this advice … Continue reading

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The forgotten middle authors of science, how there is an I in team

Stimulated by a recent blog post 12 very wise guidelines for surviving science in which @ad_mico reflects on some of his career to date “The applicant has too many papers where he is neither first nor last” struck a chord … Continue reading

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Confession of an early career research scientist (ECR), most of my academic research to date has been ‘published’ in closed source journals

I have a confession to make, most of my* academic research has been ‘published’ in closed source journals both historically and currently excluding a couple of exceptions.  This is despite my own growing moral philosophy and responsibility of seeking to … Continue reading

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Time Diet:  Productivity tools for life in the lab (and outside)

It is often said that time is money.  However to me time is time.  It’s our most precious commodity.  Money can be both in short resource, which can be crippling, and in good supply, so much so that infinite does … Continue reading

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Sci-hub, open access and why we need to let go of our obsession with prestige

Much has been said of Sci-hub in recent weeks and has polarised opinions across many different stakeholders (I am not a big fan of this word but business people like it) within the scientific community and beyond.  I won’t go … Continue reading

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Remember netbooks, got an old one spare, donate it?

Once upon a time laptops were large, bulky and potentially useful as an alternative to carrying bricks in a rucksack for weight training.   Enter, the netbook.  These lighter devices capable of running various operating systems including Windows enabled us … Continue reading

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Do lego figures influence children’s gender stereotypes?

I recently contacted lego about two topics, one was asking for donations of lego motors to support my request for lego motors for building scientific equipment. The second was asking why was there a ‘normal’ female scientist model and only … Continue reading

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Help create a Glocal and local scientific community playground

We are members of gyms, allotments, football clubs, create community gardens and spaces for all manner of purposes.  Why not have lab memberships? Where science and scientific progress can be powered by everyone, not just ‘scientists’. The most traditionally used … Continue reading

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Are large multidisplinary/multi-centre grants good or bad for early career researchers?

It has been a while since I wrote my last post and I have mused a lot recently, possibly too much, about a recent fellowship rejection of which the only feedback I received was ‘candidate needs more papers’ (I am … Continue reading

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The changing face of science funding

I recently re-read this interesting article in science careers (it is a little old, 2007 but still woth some valid points, see below) about alterantive careers to academia and one quote in particular struck me. “Sensible institutes guide their postdocs … Continue reading

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