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Beth Hellen
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Open data: Walking the walk
I've long been a supporter of open access for both data and publishing, but I have to admit that although I have almost exclusively published in OA (or hybrid) journals, my data has been known to languish on hard drives and only appear if someone actually a...

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Peer Review is still worth it (mostly)
In the last month I've had two reviews back on papers that I'd submitted to journals.  And they've been very different experiences. The response to the first paper really knocked my confidence.  Reviewer two was happy with it to be published basically as is...

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Is twitter an academic pandora's box?
In the first week of my masters course prior to starting my Phd I had a conversation with someone about how I wanted to be a lecturer.  It hadn't crossed my mind that I might not make it and since the other participant in the conversation had a lot more exp...

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My response to some of the Open Access Myths
This morning there was an #ECRchat on twitter about Open Access publishing.  It's prompted me to write this post because there seem to be some pervasive myths about OA which stick around despite OA advocates best attempts to dispel them .So here's my attemp...

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Post Phd Story
While perusing twitter the other day I came across a post by   Jacquelyn Gill  asking about people's post Phd stories.  There are a lot of "why I left academia" stories and you inevitably hear about the superstar stories, but there are a whole lot of us in ...

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The restorative powers of a good conference
It's all been seeming a bit much recently. The year long slog to find a second postdoc, and then finding a really great position that forces me to live halfway across the world from my wife. The plan for this year (publish enough to seem competitive for fel...

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Does playing the publishing game make us hypocrites?
As I'm sure any scientist or academic who spends any time on the internet will know,   Randy Schekman (recent nobel prize winner) wrote an article in the guardian about how we shouldn't be publishing in 'Glamour mags' like Nature, Science and Cell .  Of cou...

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Sharing too early or just early enough?
I've been seeing a Guardian article around twitter this week which has kind of hit a nerve.  It was  this post  about having your blog plagiarised. Not because I've had the same thing happen to me, but because I've been known to be a bit worried about telli...
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