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Upping your theory game by Samuel M. Scheiner

Recently I published an analysis of the extent to which the ecological literature engages with theory ( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12196/abstract ). One part of that analysis was a comparison of current journals. Among the ecology journals, Oikos...

Synthesis in ecology

I am experimenting with PeerJ as a new model to get friendly peer-review in advance of submitting to a journal. Two papers were on my plate - a general synthesis and role of meta-analyses and systematic reviews paper and a more practical paper on how to interpret them...

How good isn't a reject?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about the close connection between failure and success . And associated it with improvement of a manuscript due to a reject. Now, I also found some scientific support for this. Vincent Calgno and his co-workers have tracked the...

Evolution 2012: facilitated networking

I've talked in the past about how to network at scientific conferences --how to overcome any shyness you might have in order to talk to the people you'd like to talk to. The Evolution 2012 meeting is trying an interesting experiment on this. Poster presenters have been...

Evolution 2012: use the scheduling app

Presenters at Evolution 2012 know about this, but I'm not sure if all attendees do: there's a slick app for making your personal schedule. You can access if from any browser-equipped device. Its fully searchable as well as browsable, it auto-updates if there are...

Advice: how to prep for, and attend, a conference

A mix of serious and silly advice on conferences, here . HT American Naturalist, via Twitter .

Advice: where to eat and drink at Evolution 2012

I lived in Ottawa for four months a couple of years ago while on sabbatical. I've drawn on that experience to create an annotated map of suggested places to eat and drink for Evolution 2012 . Basically, everyone is going to be eating and drinking in the Byward Market...

How to attend big conferences: have a focus

Over at Sociobiology Joan Strassman has a great post on how to choose talks at big conferences like the ESA Annual Meeting. This is something we've talked about on this blog before , but no one ever brought up Joan's excellent suggestion: have a focus. That is, try to...

Against live-tweeting talks (UPDATEDx2)

A rant against live-tweeting talks, here . I don't tweet at all, so I don't live-tweet. In particular, I don't feel like I'd provide much of value to anyone by live-tweeting talks, or that I'd get a lot of value out of following others' live tweets.* And while it doesn...

Advice: free e-book of presentation tips from Zen Faulkes

Zen Faulkes (' Neurodojo ') has compiled his many excellent blog posts on scientific presentation tips into a short e-book (i.e. a pdf file). Recommended.

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