Questions and comments roundup: February
In this post, we round up some of this month's contributions to the site from our users.
This month, we've received (and answered) five questions from users, and the breadth of the questions posed has given us an insight into the different phases of research (and perhaps even different phases of career) that the site's users are at as they look to Nature Masterclasses for assistance.
Two of the questions are from a researcher who seems to be thinking about approaches to a new project, and is reflecting on previous work, as well as the work that has been going on in the field:
- Is it OK to use tables of data already published to make new statistical analyses that bring novel results ?
- I would like to publish old data and original results never published from my Ph. D....How should I handle the methods and collection of data section ?
We've also had questions from researchers who are perhaps further along in the research life cycle and thinking about different aspects of publishing and presenting work:
- Does presentation of novel data (for example posters/talks at conferences) decrease the chance of publishing in Nature ('the data is not novel anymore')?
- When the authors choose the double-blind peer review system, is it their responsibility to mask their information in the manuscript or will it be done by the editor?
And finally, we had a question about becoming a scientific editor:
We find it really interesting to see the kinds of questions that are on researchers' minds, so please do ask our editors if there is something you are curious about. Simply visit the Ask Our Editors page and select the Ask a question button.