Scientists both fear it and get excited goosebumps over it, but it’s not easy and it’s not quick. Publishing. Getting your work to a stage that’s ready to be seen by the masses, criticised by many and cited by whoever thinks it’s important.
I may only be a first year PhD student but already publishing my work is something I have to think about. It’s not like I’m even having delusions of grandeur as my boss has mentioned the P word to me many times now. I may not be first author on a (hopefully) near future paper but contributing is a massive step for me and fills me with excitement.
Before I started my research, I had very little knowledge of how publishing your work even worked. Now I’m a little wiser and have uncovered a dark, complicated route to getting your work seen. Here I outline a few of the things I’ve learnt…
I have never been shy about the fact that I love open access. That means I think all published research should be free for anyone to read and not hidden behind expensive paywalls. I also believe in making research accessible by explaining it to other researchers, academics and members of the public.
I was approached by Eyqew after publishing my Genetics: Back to Basics videos about putting them on their site and becoming a contributer.
This is the second video in my back to basics series, this time introducing the idea of genes being regulated differently in different cells. There’s more to it then just off or on but the concept is fundamental, especially in developmental biology (my broader field of work).
This time round with the video I decided to try and use the images that are readily available to any user to see how far I could stretch the app to my needs, and I think it worked out quite well for a non-specialised app!
Have a watch and let me know what you think. The video still stays along the ks4 science curriculum guidelines so hopefully it can be a useful resource.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have confirmed that mitochondrial transfer procedures are ‘potentially useful for a specified and defined group of patients’. In addition they have said that the techniques are not unsafe but there are some critical experiments still to take place before the method hits the clinics.
You should know about this. I’m hoping you do already but I’m concerned that not enough people do.
This year, a week and a half ago, BBC2 launched the new Longitude Prize 2014. Horizon has been on our TVs for 50 years now and to mark half a century of reporting on the most recent scientific, industrial and technological advances they are asking the public for help.