2. When poorly written, a recommendation letter devaluates the candidate.
“This student has such a dull reference… It’s clearly not for us.”
Feb 21 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
Peer reviewing of manuscripts - is it THAT important as everyone thinks?
I thought of writing this post later, but Nature has catalyzed me to do it now.
Their article mentions the following important points:
#science#research#AcademicTwitter1. The editor for Frontiers in Health Services sent out 150 (!) invitations to potential reviewers before he could receive 4 reviews. Only 1 was of sufficient quality. That is = 1/150!
Jan 16 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
Scientists spend too much time taking “professional selfies”.
A paper from PNAS describes what it takes to be a scientist today. Key points (that I always emphasize myself):
#AcademicTwitter@AcademicChatter#research1. Scientists have a new mode of activity: “being online”
- Constant distractions and external stimulation inhibit creativity and deep thinking
- “Thinking out of the box” has become rare because the Internet is itself a box.
Jan 6 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
“Oh, really?” - a typical sarcastic reaction on social media.
However I urge to look at the original study and data more carefully. 👇
- A disruptive paper is defined here by the likelihood that this paper (and not the references inside it) will be cited by subsequent studies.
- In contrast, a consolidating paper is the one that is less likely to be cited than its predecessors. It consolidates the discovery.
Jan 3 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Yes, as a PI, you can publish more papers by pushing your students/postdocs really hard. But NO, those extra papers will not make your life better.
They will just make everyone unhappier:
- Your team members will feel burned out and depressed
- Journal editors will feel like there’s another manuscript that no one is willing to review
Jul 4, 2022 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
Advice for #PhD students who want to become postdocs and stay in #academia:
- How to choose a lab for a postdoc
- How to prepare for an interview
- What to be careful about