I recently attended a talk given by the editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, who gave his best tips and things to look for when you're trying to get published. This is part 3 of 3. Check out part 1, cover letter and abstract, and part 2, how to write your paper. Hopefully by now, … Continue reading Getting your paper published: Reviewers’ comments
I recently attended a talk given by the editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, who gave his best tips and things to look for when you're trying to get published. This is part 2 of 3. Check out part 1, cover letter and abstract, and part 3, responding to reviewers' comments. Now we've got the … Continue reading Getting your paper published: How to actually write it
I recently attended a talk given by the editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, who gave his best tips and things to look for when you're trying to get published. As this was starting to get pretty long, at your request (cheers, Instagram) this is part 1 of 3. Check out part 2, how to … Continue reading Getting your paper published: Cover letter and abstract
Western blotting is the bread and butter of many a molecular biologist. It is also frequently the most loathed of all techniques. Last week, it was working just fine. But this week? No such luck, but WHY?! 1. You did it on a different day than last time Last week, you set everything up to … Continue reading 7 reasons your Western didn’t work (again)
You've got your abstract accepted, and you can't wait to get down to the conference, but one thing looms over you. The poster. There's no perfect poster, but avoid these poster faux pas and you'll be on your way to at least an acceptable poster, if not almost perfect. Ignore all conference guidelines. The organisers … Continue reading Top Tips to Make a Terrible Poster
There comes a time in every scientists' career when they have to write. Whether it's a paper or a report, the process is the same. Firstly, Denial. This stage also involves throwing yourself into anything apart from what you should be doing, which we all know is writing. Cue finding yourself in the lab at … Continue reading The 5 stages of writing
Recently, I was fortunate enough to take part in a public engagement training event that was held at my institute. It was full of really great ideas, and the motivation to get out there and tell people what you're doing and why. One of the key things I took away from the day though, was … Continue reading Time for some public engagement?
Something that I realised when I had my undergrad in the lab was that looking at a paper critically doesn't come naturally for many people. It can be really difficult to see the good and bad points, and if the results actually support the conclusions drawn. With that in mind, here is how I go … Continue reading How to critically analyse a paper
Towards the end of last year, my supervisor asked me if I might have a project for an undergrad student to take on for their dissertation. Immediately, I jumped at the chance because who doesn't want someone to help with their work? After sifting through many, many emails I arranged to meet with seven undergrads. Over … Continue reading What I’ve learnt by having a student
"The pharma companies already have a cure for cancer, they just wont tell anyone because they wouldn't make any money." The myth that Big Pharma has already cured cancer, and just isn't telling us, has been going around for many years. It's something I often get asked about when I tell people what I do. … Continue reading One drug to cure them all?