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Creating a conference poster Wed 18 Nov 2020   13:00 Finished

A course to take you through conference poster design, with tips and resources to help with the content and presentation in order to ensure you communicate your research effectively. The course will cover where to source good quality, free graphics, how to include references in your poster, and advice about how best to present it at a conference. The session will NOT involve hands-on creation of a poster.

The session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email bg403@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

Finding what you need Wed 2 Dec 2020   13:00 [Places]

This session will help prepare you to begin your literature review. You will learn strategies for searching for relevant material, how to troubleshoot common search problems, and how to stay up to date with new publications in your field.

The live session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please note that the session may be recorded, by booking a place you consent to the recording taking place. If you have any questions about this, email bg403@cam.ac.uk.

Where on Earth is that file from two years ago? Can I share this personal data? I heard that my funder has specific requirements, what are they?

If you've asked these or similar questions, you're not alone. Data management is a key skill for researcher but many start new projects without thinking through these issues properly. Following this session you will be a well-informed data steward, making sure that you store, organise and share your data appropriately all the way through your projects.

This is a blended session: you will find out about the basic elements of good data management in your own time, then join two Cambridge Data Champions who will be sharing their experiences and tips for data management during a live session on Microsoft Teams.

Where on Earth is that file from two years ago? Can I share this personal data? I heard that my funder has specific requirements, what are they?

If you've asked these or similar questions, you're not alone. Data management is a key skill for researcher but many start new projects without thinking through these issues properly. Following this session you will be a well-informed data steward, making sure that you store, organise and share your data appropriately all the way through your projects.

This is a blended session: you will find out about the basic elements of good data management in your own time, then join one of the Cambridge Data Champions who will share her experiences and tips for data management during a live session.

The live session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please note that the session may be recorded, by booking a place you consent to the recording taking place. If you have any questions about this, email bg403@cam.ac.uk.

The Office of Scholarly Communication invites you to join three PLOS Scientific Editors for an essential introduction to Peer Review.

If you have recently started peer reviewing, or are ready to get involved, this is an unmissable chance to pick up tips and best practices from PLOS, publishers of some of the top journals in the Life and Medical sciences, including one of the world's largest multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journals. (PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS ONE.)

You'll learn:

  • what you should include in a review
  • how to structure a review for clarity and rigour
  • how to phrase comments in a constructive tone
  • what editors expect when communicating with potential reviewers
  • new types of peer review practices, such as preprint commenting, and published peer review histories
Writing for publication Wed 21 Oct 2020   13:00 Finished

A course designed to take you step-by-step through academic writing and publication, with tips and resources to make writing up as simple as possible. The course will demystify the peer-review process, and help you to improve the precision and clarity of your academic writing.

The session will take place remotely using Microsoft Teams. Joining instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Please note: this session may be recorded. By signing up for the session, you register your consent for recording to take place. Please email bg403@cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this.

This online module covers the basic skills you need if you are preparing to publish in academic journals.

It will help you to:

  • plan a publication strategy and choose the right journals for you
  • avoid the snares of predatory publishers
  • navigate the peer review process
  • understand Open Access publishing and what it means for your publications

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

This online course follows the whole process of public a monograph or other academic book, from making the initial decisions, to what to do once you have the finished book in your hands.

You’ll learn:

  • key considerations when turning your thesis into a monograph
  • how to choose the best publisher for you
  • how Open Access monographs work
  • how to write a great proposal
  • what to expect from the peer review and publishing process

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Most people have online profiles and, as a researchers, your online presence offers many rich opportunities. It is helpful to be aware of tools and tips that can help you boost your visibility online, as well as common mistakes to avoid.

In this course, you will:

  • begin to develop your online research profile by making yourself visible to others in a way(s) that suits you.
  • learn what an ORCID is and how to obtain one.
  • learn what your Symplectic Elements account is for and begin to make it work for you
  • review your current visibility and consider the next steps

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Copyright law is a complex field with direct relevance for researchers who need to protect their own intellectual work and use work written by others, and most importantly must avoid accidentally infringing copyright. This course provides you with basic knowledge you can apply to your research practice.

The course covers:

  • fundamentals of copyright and why it’s important
  • what to do if you want to use someone else’s work
  • how to protect and share your own work
  • how licenses can be used to make it easier to reuse works

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

As a researcher, you will collect a lot of data. Whether that data takes the form of spreadsheets, recordings, images, bibliographies, or something entirely different, it's crucial that you manage it well throughout your projects. Doing so will help you to work more efficiently, avoid data disasters, and build your professional reputation.

In this course, you'll learn:

  • how to store and backup up data
  • how to organise data
  • what to do with protected data (personal or commercially sensitive)
  • why sharing data is important and how to do it
  • how to write Data Management Plans

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Research metrics (online module) new Self-taught Bookable

Data, Metrics, Key Performance Indicators... these terms are everywhere these days, as we increasingly seek hard data to monitor and improve the quality of many of the things we do. Research metrics can be very useful, but they also come with important caveats, so we need to be responsible in how we use these tools.

In this module, you will learn:

  • the meaning of common metrics such as Journal Impact Factor and H-index
  • what are the main limitations of metrics
  • a better, responsible approach to using metrics

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

Have you ever searched for articles on a topic and returned thousands of results... or none? Are you always defaulting to Google Scholar and wondering if there’s a better way of doing things? Are you starting to look into a new topic and feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start? Then this online course is for you.

We will look at the three stages of a successful literature search:

  • planning a strategy and identifying the right key words
  • searching using the right tools and maintaining accurate records
  • evaluating results and refining search parameters

You will receive the URL for the course in the confirmation email after booking.

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