Conference Presentations
Like presenting a conference paper, presenting a conference poster is a great way to showcase your research. Preparing an effective conference poster can attract attention and lead to meaningful interactions with other conference goers. However, if your conference poster is prepared poorly, you may be left standing awkwardly next to your poster while no one stops to read it. In this article, we outline how to create an effective conference poster.
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Conference Presentations
Presenting research at a conference is a major highlight of any academic's career. Choosing the right conference is important. Not only is attending expensive (travel costs, conference fees, lodging costs), but it is also a large time investment. The conference may span 3-7 days itself, but also preparing abstracts and the presentation takes a significant amount of time.  Not only do researchers need to make sure they choose a conference with the right audience, but we now have to be alert to avoid predatory conferences. Like predatory journals, predatory conferences are scams that prey on unwary researchers and especially researchers from developing countries.  Predatory conferences concern themselves with money, and no interest in scientific or business ethics. They falsely advertise that top academics in the field are presenting (but they do not), there is no peer-review, and high fees. If the conference is cancelled, and they often are after fees have been collected, there are no refunds. If the conference does take place, it is barely attended, and only by other scammed researchers.In this article we outline how to identify and avoid predatory conferences.
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Research Publication Writing
Predatory journal is a term, coined by Jeffrey Beall, to describe publishers who are more concerned with profit than ethics. These journals are scams. They prey on unsuspecting researchers, often targeting third tier economic areas, and masquerade as legitimate publishers. Predatory journals usually promise rapid review and publication in a leading journal. However, the reality is that these journals often have little to no peer review or editorial contributions before publication, are not indexed in research databases, and cost thousands of dollars to publish with them. Many will not notify the authors of fees until after article acceptance. Some even charge fees at submission.
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Research Publication Writing
All the hard work has finally paid off. You are ready to submit your research article to your target journal. It is a good idea before you hit "submit" to double check that you have met all the journals requirements and included all relevant information.You do not want to wait a couple of weeks just to receive rejection from the editor for having a title that is too long, or for failing to include line numbers. In this post, we provide an easy to follow research article submission checklist, ensuring that you can catch anything you may have missed.
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Research Publication Writing
Researchers are under immense pressure to publish. Without publications your career will stagnate and you could find yourself unemployed and unemployable. This difficult situation is often described as "Publish or Perish." A simple way to get early publications is to convert your PhD thesis into journal articles.There is significant effort involved to publish PhD thesis work, but the vast majority of the work is already done. You reviewed the literature, planned and carried out the experiment, analyzed the data, and made conclusions. However, writing a thesis is different than writing a journal article. In this guide, we offer tips on how to convert your PhD thesis into journal articles.
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Data and Statistical Analysis
There are so many statistical software packages that it is hard to choose. Should you use SAS, SPSS, Stata, Statistica, SigmaPlot, R, or even Excel for your data and statistical analysis?We are big advocates of using R. More than a piece of software, R is a language and environment for data, statistics, and graphics. It can perform just about any statistical technique (linear and nonlinear modelling, classification, clustering, time-series analysis, etc.) and be used to create graphics for research publication.There is a steep learning curve when learning any statistical software, but R seems to be known for being difficult to use at first. We encourage everyone to stick with it. Try using R Commander, a graphical user interface (GUI), if you are nervous about coding at first. When you get more comfortable, you can then transition to using RStudio (another GUI) and swirl (a tool that teaches R directly within the console). 
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Research Publication Writing
Reference managing software simplifies research publication. You don't need to keep track of who you cited, in what order, or whether your reference list includes only who you cited in the paper. Software such as Endnote and Mendeley partially automate these time-consuming tasks and make your research life easier.Unfortunately, reference managing software is not interchangeable. A MS Word document that is formatted using Mendeley, cannot be then formatted with Endnote. Reference lists though, can be interchanged between software. Therefore you can use Mendeley with one research article and Endnote for another.For each research article, it is best to have all authors use the same piece of software. However how do you choose? Which is better? "Better" is often subjective. Each piece of software has their own strengths and weaknesses. In this guide, we will compare Endnote vs Mendeley to help with your decision making.
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Research Publication Writing
Before submitting your article for peer review, it is important to make sure that the reference style of the journal is followed. Each journal will have their own preferred style for the in-text citations and the reference list. Failure to follow the journal reference style could result in immediate rejection by the editor. The best way to simplify this process is to use citation managing software. Mendeley and Endnote are popular choices. You can format your research publication in your preferred style as you write, then change it accordingly to the journal's preferences. In this guide, we will explain how to style your references for journals using Mendeley.
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