Questions and comments roundup: April

In this post, we round up some of this month's contributions to the site from our users.

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May 09, 2017

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the site this month.

As ever, many of you added your thoughts on when you start writing papers to the post How writing a paper can help you to plan and conduct your research.

Another interesting area that people have been commenting on is Discussion: Setting targets. It's been fascinating to see the different kinds of targets that researchers set - such as the numbers of papers you aim to write in a year, the kinds of journals you seek to publish in, or creating a routine to help stay up to date with advances in your area of research. What kinds of targets do you set? What strategies do you employ to make sure you meet these targets? And do they work? We'd love to hear from you.

We've also had further input on the question Which type of peer review do you prefer? We haven't seen much in the way of a consensus from commenters, with preferences expressed for both single and double blind review, as well as transparent peer review. One commenter has even proposed a single and double blind hybrid approach, which is an interesting idea. What's your preference when it comes to peer review?

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Chandan Narayan almost 2 years ago

Hi David,
I am a graduate student and on the verge of writing a paper. I have few questions related to this. Please help me out.
1) I am working on a topic in life science that is relatively new to the community (Aptamers). And my professor is a virologist, who has recently joined this field of research, and thus he too has not much of an idea about which journals we need the paper to be submitted. I tried to dig into the papers related to this field and found out that it spans over a wide variety of Impact factored journals. Some work are similar to ours and appear in low impact as well as high impact. I do not understand the basis of this distribution. So, how do i decide the impact of my work?
2) How different are research articles from communications and letters in terms of impact? How do we decide if we need to submit the paper for a research article or a communication or a letter? So far what I know is the basic restriction on number of pages for each of them. Which one gets published faster? As far as i understand the Impact factor remains the same for a journal no matter you publish as an article or a letter or a communication. Am I right?

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Raj Rajeshwar about 1 year ago

Hi David, seems a great learning at this platform. I am really enjoying being here. I am feeling sort of shortage of courses as only couple of courses are available, does any other course coming up soon? I am also feeling not to communicated with other learners so is it possible to interact with other learners here for some formal discussions or so?

I am looking forward to see some courses on Research Integrity, Science Communication and leadership. anyway, Thanks!