By Charlesworth Author Services on October 27, 2020

The Writing journey: how to develop successful researcher writing habits

What sorts of writing habits do successful researchers have?’ What does ‘being successful’ mean?

 

This means being able to:

 

  • Write up your research quickly and clearly;
  • Use clear and effective English so that your papers have a higher chance of passing editorial checks and peer-review;
  • Select appropriate wording so that native speakers can understand your meaning and the nuances of your research.
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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 27, 2020

How can I reach the level of academic writing needed for a PhD?

A thesis is a big undertaking, usually 60,000 to 80,000 words.  It’s likely to be the longest thing you’ve ever written, and when it’s complete, you’ll be examined on it.  It’s very common to be worried about whether you can write a successful thesis.  If you’re writing in English, and it isn’t your first language, that can be an even bigger worry.

The good news is that, if you get accepted for a PhD, it’s because your department believes in you.  However, they don’t expect you to already have all the experience you need.  You don’t have to already be familiar with the type of language expected in your thesis, or know how to structure it.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 23, 2020

What is the future for the Open Access movement and how does it impact you?

The Open Access movement aims to move scholarly publishing away from fee-based traditional publications and ultimately to outlets that are accessible to all free of charge. The movement began in the 1990s and resulted from a combination of factors including a pricing crisis for libraries and academic institutions, the evolution of the internet, and a rising demand for more content to be offered online. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 22, 2020

The role of Universities, Librarians, and Research Funders in promoting open access

Open access publishing is a priority for many researchers, but you may be surprised to find that it is also a priority for a wide variety of institutions and research support staff. In this post, we will discuss the role of universities, librarians, and research funders in promoting open access.

 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 21, 2020

How to identify and use Open Access databases in your research

There are many Open Access databases out there. These allow you to search for articles, journals, repositories, policies, books, images, and much more. An increasing number of universities, research institutions, and government agencies are creating Open Access databases with freely available materials online. So how do you find the best Open Access database to meet your needs and once you do, what are some tips for navigating the content? The following questions can help guide your choice of an Open Access database.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 20, 2020

What to Consider when Choosing an Open Access Outlet for your Article

Over the past fifteen years there has been a movement towards Open Access publishing. Open Access publishing describes a publishing model in which scholarly articles are freely accessible, with no barriers to accessing content. There are a number of advantages to sharing your work through Open Access journals. Unlike subscription-based publishing models, Open Access journals allow broad access to scholarly articles free of charge to the reader.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 19, 2020

Why should I publish in an open access journal?

Open access describes a publishing model in which scientific articles are freely available, with no barriers to accessing content. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 09, 2020

The Importance of the Cover Letter for Journal Submissions

 

Despite the prevalence of online submission systems for articles, the covering letter provides an additional means to tell the journal and its editors why they should consider your article. This is particularly important because the initial editor screening your paper, who is deciding if it warrants peer review, may not necessarily be an expert in your particular specialism. It is therefore essential that you provide a concise summary of what your research adds, and how it will contribute to the journal, in your covering letter. This is especially relevant to highly technical or niche papers.

 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 09, 2020

Writing Effective Grant Proposals: Why is your Research Important and Significant?

 

As a researcher, you know what questions you want to address and which problems you want to solve: the key hypotheses that you want to test and why these issues are important to you and your colleagues. One of the major barriers to writing successful funding applications is transferring your own passion for a particular research question to a wider audience: why should a funding agency or a set of reviewers find your research important and significant? Once early career researchers develop this essential persuasive skill, they can look forward to a successful academic career; after all, obtaining grant money is often one of the most important steps in getting any research project started.

 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 01, 2020

What is SCI and the Impact Factor?

What is SCI?

The Science Citation Index (now the Science Citation Index Expanded, or SCIE) is one of the core databases included in the products Web of Knowledge and Web of Science, owned by Clarivate. This was formerly owned by Thomson Reuters, who were acquired by Clarivate in 2016.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on October 01, 2020

How can I promote myself as an academic researcher?

The idea of promoting yourself can seem awkward.  However, with it becoming ever more competitive to secure positions and funding in academia, we all need to showcase our experience and achievements, and ensure that potential employers can see our best qualities.

 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on January 10, 2020

How can I reach the level of academic writing needed for a PhD?

A thesis is a big undertaking, usually 60,000 to 80,000 words.  It’s likely to be the longest thing you’ve ever written, and when it’s complete, you’ll be examined on it.  It’s very common to be worried about whether you can write a successful thesis.  If you’re writing in English, and it isn’t your first language, that can be an even bigger worry.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 25, 2020

Rejection at the pre-peer review stage

As you know from the previous article, the quality of the manuscript is a decisive criterion for its screening in/out at the pre-peer review stage—that is, the initial editorial review. However, a manuscript may be rejected by the journal editors for a variety of reasons, including subject matter interest, and sometimes even simply pipeline management—namely, too many articles on the same topic. But, most typically, a preliminary editorial review aims at identifying whether the manuscript:

  1. sufficiently satisfies editorial guidelines of that journal;
  2. is likely to provide clear scientific contribution and implications for the domain in question; and 
  3. has some likelihood to be favourably evaluated by the journal’s peer reviewers.
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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 24, 2020

How to deal with revise and resubmit to an academic journal

As you already know, the quality of the manuscript is a decisive criterion for its screening in / out at the pre-peer review—preliminary editorial review, that is—stage. During an initial review, the journal editors generally aim at identifying whether the manuscript:

  1. sufficiently satisfies editorial guidelines of that journal;
  2. is likely to provide clear scientific contribution and implications for the domain in question; and 
  3. has some likelihood to be favourably evaluated by the journal’s peer reviewers.
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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 22, 2020

What are the Differences between Single-Blind and Double-Blind Peer Review?

What are the Differences between Single-Blind and Double-Blind Peer Review?

  • In single-blind peer review, only the reviewers are anonymous. Reviewers know the authors’ names and backgrounds, but authors don’t know those of the reviewers.
  • In double-blind peer review, both the authors and reviewers keep their anonymity. Only the editor knows the identity of all parties involved.
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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 21, 2020

What is Peer Review and why is it important?

 

What is Peer Review?

Peer review is the process where an academic author’s work is subjected to the examination of other experts in the same field as part of the journal publication process.‘ 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 18, 2020

Charlesworth Author Services partners with Portland Press Limited to offer authors editing and publication support services

London, September 2020: Portland Press Limited has partnered with Charlesworth Author Services to provide Portland Press’ global biosciences author community with English language editing and publication support services through English and Chinese local-language web portals. Portland Press is the wholly owned publishing subsidiary of the Biochemical Society and publishes both journals and books in cellular and molecular life sciences.  Charlesworth currently provide Portland Press with sales representation in China.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 16, 2020

What is article withdrawal in academic publishing?

Withdrawing an academic article means asking a journal to stop considering the article for publication at any point prior to its actual publication. This means that the article will no longer proceed through the peer review process, will not be published, and becomes the authors’ “property” once again, to revise and/or resubmit elsewhere if desired.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 16, 2020

What is article retraction in academic publishing?

Retraction is removing an article from the scientific record at any point after its publication. Retraction is distinct from withdrawal, which occurs prior to publication. Also, in contrast to withdrawal, retractions are visible to the scientific community, as the original papers are typically preserved as part of the publication record.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on September 16, 2020

How to perform a literature search from the beginning

When beginning a research project, one of the first steps you are likely to carry out is performing a literature search to obtain an overview of the current state of the field. Performing a literature search can help you understand what is currently known about a specific topic and what question or questions remain unanswered.

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