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October 2019 Roundup

Happy November!

The weather is dreary here in Switzlerand, but the short days and lack of sun are a good thing for writing marathons.

October again served up some nice Twitter threads on writing, some interesting tidbits on the peer-review process, and an article responding to the Comrac McCarthy one I shared last month.

  1. For those of you wondering how to best include a manuscript in submission on your CV, @briscoejames and @CarolynBertozzi suggest listing a preprint. https://twitter.com/CarolynBertozzi/status/1186522481529520131
  2. Friend and fellow science writer/editor @geneticexpns has some tips on writing she gathered from this year’s batch of NSF GRFP applications. As she states so succinctly herself: “Don’t undercut your own accomplishments. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t narrate as a passive trainee. Own your story as a scientist. As a professional. This is not bragging. This is not arrogance. It’s owning your actions & accomplishments.” I couldn’t agree more! https://twitter.com/geneticexpns/status/1184939649585893381
  3. @markhighton posted a thread about his struggles with the academic writing process, which is something a lot of people can relate to. If you are struggling with your writing and want to feel less alone: https://twitter.com/mikehigton/status/1183799272732549121
  4. The results of a large-scale survey on grant peer review was published this month. Even though there seem to be loud cries for changing this system, those questioned in this survey certainly seem want to keep peer review! What are your thoughts on the grant funding process. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-large-scale-survey-on-grant-peer-review-published-by-publons-300934934.html
  5. Who has written a peer-review report for their PI? It’s fairly common and almost everyone I know has. On why ghost-writing peer reviews is not good for you or science: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/11/01/ghostwriting-peer-reviews-advisers-more-common-you-might-think
  6. David Lowe on “In the Pipeline” write an article on Scientific Prose, partly in response to the Cormac McCarthy article I shared last month. Click here to see his take on science writing (hint: he agrees McCarthy’s advice was solid). https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2019/10/18/scientific-prose

Happy writing!

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