• posts,  Tricks

    How to choose a journal

    If your research is not cool or hip enough for the journals in the higher stratospheres of academic publishing (aka the triumvir Nature, Science, PNAS and maybe a few field specific journals such as Ecology Letters), choosing a journal can be a real conundrum. If you are adventurous, you could flip the whole thing on its head and let journals choose your article, through peer-review services such as PeerageOfScience or use pre-print services, some of which integrate with journals (eg. PeerJ), to get feedback. Things to balance in the choice of a journal: Fit: An easy trick to guess fit is to pick the journal most represented in your bibliography (this may…

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    Finding a job

    Finding a job almost inevitably involves searching through a ton of job postings. This focuses on academic jobs in ecology and evolution, but might be useful for people in other fields.  I describe how to aggregate job postings from a variety of sources.  For advice on how to get the jobs you have found, here is a post from Dynamic Ecology linking to a number of sites with valuable advice. Chances are good that somewhere in the world there is a perfect job for you. The two main difficulties are: Jobs are advertised in a haphazard way across the internet Job opening are only available for a relatively short amount…