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Clusters of Excellence: the new ‘brains trusts’ of German science

27 November 2020

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Andy Tay

Researchers praise the time and funding they are given for deep exploration.

Asifa Akhtar is a sign of new things to come at the Max Planck Society

27 November 2020

Chris Woolston

The molecular biologist hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Three tips to adapt grants and papers for non-native English readers

23 November 2020

Michael Erard

Writing guides often advise “Don’t write anything that you wouldn’t say.” Michael Erard, who trains researchers to write grants and academic papers, disagrees.

How do you create a diversity program for science that works?

20 October 2020

Andy Tay

Some tested strategies to engage and retain talented under-represented scientists.


What it’s really like to do science amid COVID-19

19 October 2020

Quirin Schiermeier et al.

From Germany to India, researchers are grappling with how to run labs and lessons under extraordinary restrictions.


Finished your PhD? Six questions to ask yourself about what’s next

13 October 2020

Natalie Parletta

There is no single path to success, so here's a plan to help you choose.

Nobel Prizes have a diversity problem even worse than the scientific fields they honor

8 October 2020

Marc Zimmer

This is a problem much larger than simply bias on the part of the Nobel selection committees – it’s systemic.

The open secret that underpins South Korea’s science success

1 October 2020

Bongjae Kim and Ara Go

Enormous burden on younger researchers cannot be sustained.

Predicting your future h-index

23 September 2020

Hepeng Jia

Study aims to forecast success.

Three reasons to share your research failures

22 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

There’s a new journal for that. 

How early-career researchers can avoid ethical ‘grey areas’

10 September 2020

Gemma Conroy

Here are four ways to keep on track.

This scientist read a paper every day for 899 days. Here’s what she learned

8 September 2020

Natalie Parletta

Olivia Rissland says reading a different paper every day has made her a better scientist.

Why academics do unfunded research

28 August 2020

Rosalind Edwards

From creative pursuits to grant application fatigue, here's why some researchers choose an unfunded path.

Four reasons why young researchers should consider entrepreneurship training

27 August 2020

Andy Tay

“It doesn’t matter how good and innovative your idea is if no one needs it.”

How to choose your next research project

19 August 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

Ask yourself these five questions to prioritize your ideas.

Here’s why so many young researchers want to quit – in five graphs

7 August 2020

Gemma Conroy

Passion is not enough. 

Three questions to ask yourself before quitting your PhD

28 July 2020

Gemma Conroy

It’s normal for PhD candidates to consider abandoning their studies. Here’s how to take emotions out of the decision.

How young researchers can create lasting industry partnerships

24 July 2020

Bec Crew

Don’t wait for universities to facilitate connections. Here’s how to find the right people on your own timeline.

When it pays to say yes to a burdensome request

17 July 2020

Peter Goldstein

Despite misgivings, this biomedical researcher agreed to serve on a faculty committee. It was a good gamble.

Women and minority researchers have more original ideas, but white men are rewarded faster

16 July 2020

Bec Crew

How many trailblazers have been sidelined?

When is a scientific collaboration unfair?

10 July 2020

Gemma Conroy

A study enlists the h-index to try to find out why some research partnerships fizzle.

Scientists pivot to pitch in on coronavirus

2 July 2020

Andy Tay

Many scientists have taken on extra work loads during the pandemic. Here a chemist, a publisher and an infectious disease expert reveal their efforts.

These two geochemists have one of the largest publishing networks in science

26 June 2020

Gemma Conroy

A ‘power couple’ in Earth and environmental sciences.

How to choose the right PhD supervisor

23 June 2020

Gemma Conroy

4 red flags to be wary of in the search for a good match.

A leading textbook author explains how he did it

12 June 2020

Liqun Luo

A lot of hard work, and an unconventional approach.

How to collaborate using only email

11 June 2020

Andy Tay

Two climate researchers show how it’s done.

Coronavirus fallout puts next generation of scientists at risk

29 May 2020

Dyani Lewis

Pandemic-related measures to retain early career researchers could block the pipeline for the next generation.

Coronavirus cutbacks could reverse hard-fought equity gains in STEM workforce

25 May 2020

Bec Crew

Women’s jobs are “the first to go" in pandemic-related cuts.

'Zoom fatigue' is real, and it's causing a new kind of anxiety amid coronavirus isolation

22 May 2020

John Pickrell

It’s about staring at yourself, and the silences.

Build-your-own website for scientists

11 May 2020

Andy Tay

Tips to help you promote your research, attract recruits, and share resources.

Shut-in scientists are spending more time on research papers

9 April 2020

Nic Fleming

Suspension of face-to-face activities in the coronavirus pandemic sends researchers back to their manuscripts.

Forced shift to online teaching in pandemic unleashes educators’ deepest job fears

9 April 2020

Richard Watermeyer et al.*

‘Culture-change moment’ for higher education.

Advice for young scientists: Be a generalist

2 April 2020

Avi Loeb

A narrow focus on the latest hot topic can be rewarding—but it’s not necessarily a good long-term strategy.

How young researchers can re-shape the evaluation of their work

31 March 2020

Annemijn Algra, Inez Koopman, Rozemarijn Snoek

Looking beyond bibliometrics to evaluate success.

What can your PhD supervisor do for you?

31 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

4 ways to a more productive relationship.

How to demonstrate the value of your research

20 March 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

A tool to help you master the four Cs: citations, communication, coverage, and collaboration.

Front line scientists call for mental health support in the wake of catastrophic ecosystem loss

15 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Better resourcing to combat the psychological effects of dealing with a crisis will reinforce good science.

8 big differences between the US and UK PhD experience

11 March 2020

Helen Robertson

And one important similarity. 

Struggling to win grants? Here's how to crowdfund your research

10 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Making dream projects a reality. 

Researchers reveal the emotional and professional cost of drawn-out peer review

10 March 2020

Andy Tay

It can have a noticeable affect on a person's career.

How I mastered public speaking: 3 tips from an introvert

18 February 2020

Carsten Lund Pedersen

Those awkward silences aren’t as awkward as you think.

Scientists are curious and passionate and ready to argue

12 February 2020

Catherine Armitage

A robot career adviser’s personality assessment, based on analysis of tweets.

iPosters and Betterposter: How to create a conference poster that people want to read

6 February 2020

Marc J. Kuchner

Download free templates, or make the switch to digital-only.

How to land a faculty job

19 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The answer might surprise you.

Five leading early career researchers in materials science

16 December 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

Star competitors in a highly competitive field.

Scientists reveal weirdest things they’ve done in the name of science

19 November 2019

John Pickrell

From sending cakes into space to filling their refrigerators with cat poo, scientists detail the bizarre lengths they’ve gone to in the pursuit of research.

What kind of scientist are you?

13 November 2019

Carsten Lund Pedersen & Thomas Ritter

Identifying your own archetype with this simple tool can help your work.

Failure found to be an "essential prerequisite" for success

13 November 2019

David Noonan

Scientists use big data to understand what separates winners from losers.

Q&A Kevin Burgio: 10 rules for a successful remote postdoc

11 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

How to build productive long-distance relationships.

The allure of the journal impact factor holds firm, despite its flaws

29 August 2019

Jon Brock

“Science needs a healthy dose of its own medicine, yet refuses to take the pill.”

This simple tool shows you how to choose your mentors

28 August 2019

Carsten Lund Pedersen

"Gurus breed gurus."

Top 5 PhD rules of the game

15 August 2019

Gemma Conroy

It’s not all about thesis writing.

Ranking the most popular degrees in the US

6 August 2019

Bec Crew

Health professions have been booming.

6 ways to deal with rejection

31 July 2019

Staci Zavattaro

Rejection in academia seems particularly personal, but it doesn't have to be.

Do the best academics fly more?

17 July 2019

Seth Wynes

As universities face increasing demands to reduce greenhouse emissions, they should look for ways to manage academic travel more efficiently.

Steve Jobs presents a lesson for young universities

16 July 2019

David Payne

It's time to take a risk on admissions to meet future workforce needs.

Here’s how to deal with failure, say senior scientists

5 July 2019

Bec Crew

Don’t take it personally.