By Charlesworth Author Services on 02 August, 2021

Finding the Right PhD Supervisor

A supervisor can make or break someone’s PhD experience. Therefore, finding the right supervisor is perhaps one of the most important factors for ensuring that you have a good, healthy, enjoyable and successful PhD experience.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 02 August, 2021

Preparing and writing your PhD research proposal

When you apply for a PhD, it is likely that you will need to include a research proposal with your application. This article highlights our top tips for putting together a research proposal and offers you some key points to consider as you prepare your plan. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 05 August, 2021

Managing your mental health as a PhD student

As a PhD student, you are under a lot of pressure. You’ve got a lot to do, but you don’t always have the support you need. It’s no surprise that anxiety and depression are common among PhD students. While there’s no magic bullet, there are things you can do to help look after your mental health.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 02 August, 2021

How to successfully negotiate the international PhD student experience

Starting a PhD is a very big deal. Having to also travel and settle into another country can make the process that much more daunting for new researchers. But doing a PhD as an international student does not just have to be a stressful experience – it can also be a very fulfilling and enjoyable one. We share here some of the key factors to bear in mind as you embark on your international PhD.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 06 August, 2021

How to develop transferable skills while studying for a PhD

The image of a PhD student can be someone working in a narrow field, gaining knowledge and learning techniques with limited application. But this isn’t true. As specific as your research questions may be, you are inevitably developing skills which are valued in the workplace, in or out of academia. And your time at university offers opportunities to gain additional experience and skills.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 26 August, 2021

What next? Considering non-academic career paths

Career opportunities in academia are highly sought after, positions are limited and competition is tough. Unless you are very determined to remain within academia, it is worth considering other career options in non-academic sectors and industries. This article suggests key points to bear in mind as you think about pursuing alternative career paths.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 26 August, 2021

How to get the most out of your software to help your academic research

There’s a wealth of software out there, and yet many of us only ever use the same few programmes. Even within that limited range of software, are you getting the most out of it? Most popular software has a range of features which most users never look at and, while some of it won’t be of any use to you right now, there are almost certainly some features that could save you time, or open up new possibilities.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

Dos and don'ts of addressing reviewer comments with manuscript revisions

There are a range of approaches to addressing reviewer comments appropriately. Here are the best practical tips that will help you maximise your success in publishing.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 26 August, 2021

Best tips to do a PubMed search

PubMed is one of the most frequently used search engines among researchers in biomedical fields and is considered one of the most powerful. As with any search engine, spend some time exploring all of the features of PubMed before beginning your search. Spending time exploring the search engine will result in more productive and efficient searches.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 26 August, 2021

Understanding alternative research metrics

As scholarship has moved online and Open Access has gathered momentum, there is growing consensus that alternative metrics are needed. A variety of research metrics are currently used, and the number of different metrics is growing every day.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 26 August, 2021

Best tips to do a Scopus search

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of research and covers health, life, physical and social sciences. The Scopus database contains more than 75 million records, 24,600 titles and 5,000 publishers. Scopus includes a number of different tools that allow researchers to search for documents, track citations over time and analyse search results.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 06 September, 2021

How to adapt scientific writing for blogs

Blog posts are short, easy reads usually intended for non-specialist audiences. Because of their short format, it can be a challenge to distil the main essence of a large topic into only a few hundred words, so here are some tips on how to break down this task and what to look out for.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 06 September, 2021

Writing about complex scientific concepts in simple, accessible language

Writing about complex science can be challenging, especially when you’re used to speaking to other professionals in your field every day, where a common understanding of the language you use is taken for granted. Here, we discuss some helpful tips around what to do, and what not to do.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 06 September, 2021

From innovation to commercialisation: how to present your research to industry

Commercialisation of innovative ideas and technologies is an often-necessary step to having real impact, but can be a daunting prospect, especially as an academic researcher. Here, we discuss how to present research to industry, whether it’s to establish collaborative partnerships or seek investment.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

Ethics of peer review: Moving towards greater inclusion, diversity and transparency

This article examines the need and prevalence of increased inclusion, diversity and transparency in the peer review process while exploring the theme of Peer Review Week 2021: Identity in Peer Review.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

Differences between journal editors and peer reviewers

How does the work, specifically that of evaluating your submission, differ between journal editors and peer reviewers? At a high level, journal editors look at the macro view, coming from their journal and also the industry, while peer reviewers look at the micro view, specifically looking in the focus of your paper.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

Essentials of good peer review and good peer reviewers

What makes for a good peer review? On the same lines, what makes for a good peer reviewer? This article discusses key characteristics of a sound peer review and constructive peer reviewers.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

Effectively respond to undesirable peer review comments

What happens when a journal requests "undesirable" revisions? This article discusses three scenarios and suggestions for how best to navigate them.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 20 September, 2021

The growing role of identity in peer review

This article discusses the emerging relevance of Identity in Peer Review, the theme of Peer Review Week 2021. It talks about how factors such as identity, diversity and inclusion, which are much in discussion presently, also apply to the peer review process and all stakeholders.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 14 September, 2021

How to identify gaps in research and determine your original research topic

At the beginning of any research project, you will probably be asked to submit a research proposal, wherein you will need to clearly outline what you intend to research and why this research is significant, valuable and relevant. What this means is that you need to clearly demonstrate why this research is needed, what gaps in existing research it seeks to fill, how it intends to fill these gaps or how it will address outstanding problems. This article discusses how to identify gaps in research and determine an original research topic.

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