Responding to Peer Reviews during COVID-19

As many of us are unable to be in the lab, we are taking this opportunity to focus on other tasks, such as writing, reviewing, and planning. However, revising a manuscript has an added level of difficulty with our current limitations. A recent piece by Ye Zhou in Science highlights some of these difficulties with [...]

Working from home: 10 ways to spend your time

Life has changed significantly in a short period of time. Many academics, including myself, have been asked to leave their labs and work from home. This can be difficult as it seems that progress has come to a halt. However, time away from the lab can be a good thing and allow for energy to [...]

Struggling with your academic writing? Try these experiments to get the words flowing

Writing a manuscript is hard, and beginning the process can feel like the most difficult part. Here, Jay Van Bavel and June Gruber have put together some tips for developing good writing habits.   Science, Letters To Young Scientists Struggling with your academic writing? Try these experiments to get the words flowing...

How to write a great rebuttal letter

Peer review is an important part of the scientific writing process. Before a manuscript is published, authors and reviewers are working as a team to craft the best possible manuscript to share with the scientific community. Most of the time, a manuscript needs to be revised at least once before it is ready for publication. [...]

What should I do if I disagree with an editor's decision?

The reality of being a scientist is that not all papers are going to be accepted. However, there are times when one may not completely agree as to why a paper got rejected. A recent post by Jerry Fagerberg at CellPress discusses how to start a conversation with editors about their decision. What should I [...]