Each one of you can change the world, for you are made of star stuff, and you are connected to the universe.
– V. Rubin
A few recommended reference materials:
- RSC’s building a better (Chem) culture webinar series – link
- Know the odds – link
- In the tough academic job market….. – link
- How likely are you to land an academic job? – link
- So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings As Professors – link
- Nextgen Lunar opportunities listing – http://nextgenlunar.weebly.com/job-postings.html
- Expectations of Ph.D Student-Supervisor mode of work – link 1, and link 2 (short quiz).
- A writing guide for petrological (& other geological) manuscripts by T.N. Irvine and D. Rumble III – link to pdf
- A glossary of terms and definitions used in analytical geochemistry by P. J. Potts – link to pdf.
- An editorial view on publishing articles by Marc D. Norman and Penny L. King – link to pdf
- Six things to do before writing your manuscript and eleven steps to structuring a science paper – link and link 2
- Francis’s perspective on writing – link
- Authorship, some considerations – link, link 2 (b), link 3, as per COPE that guides us (link 4).
- Video by Steve Barnes, CSIRO, concerning review of journal articles – www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L3jGZkRcKQ
- Writing highly effective reviews of a scientific manuscript – Link
- A quick guide to writing a solid peer review – Link
- How to review a paper – Link
- The art of responding to reviews – Link
- Code of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal editors – Link
- A list of useful editorial resources including some addressing ethical dilemmas in scientific publishing – Link
- UK concordat to support research integrity – link to pdf
- UK Researcher Development Concordat – link
- A useful resource with career planning tools and much more – www.vitae.ac.uk
- Tips for running your own research group (Wellcome Trust) – Link
- AGU’s policy on scientific integrity and professional ethics (2017) – Link
- Geochemical Society’s career center – link
- European Association of Geochemistry’s early career section – link
- AGU’s career center – link
- Evidence-based journal article. Has contemporary academia Outgrown the Carl Sagan Effect? – https://www.jneurosci.org/content/36/7/2077
- (HHMI) Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, Second Edition – link from which to download the full book
- (HHMI) Training Scientists to Make the Right Moves – link from which to download the full book
- Food for thought re. ‘troublesome’ metrics relative to altruism, and integrity that should be inherent among academics – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5206685/
- If you wish to continue in academia this concise little black book is recommended.
A PhD is not Enough! A Guide to Survival in Science by P. J. Feibelman – link to pdf (The slim paperback is satisfying too.)
- The UK academic system [with wider relevance] by G. J. Barton – link to pdf
- Error propagation – link (summary) and link2 (uncertainties and error propagation by Vern Lindberg), and link3
- There are a great many resources available addressing the current status and exemplary successful approaches to improve inclusion and diversity in science and wider academia / work places. Here are just a few links on the topic:
a) Tapping all Talents
b) Royal Society – Diversity in Science
c) UCU – The position of women and BME staff in professorial roles
The above list is by no means exhaustive. There are many useful career perspectives / interviews, job listings, conduct / procedure policies, guidance, and reports, as well as professional development tools available from a number of professional societies and other bodies. A high level of education is an enormous privilege and extremely useful achievement that can open all kinds of doors in all kinds of sectors. Having an open mind at any point in time is no bad thing at all.