Research Essentials

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    Strong academic networks through shared activities

    Strong relationships with other academics can greatly influence one’s career trajectory. While networking is important, many networking activities only result in superficial connections. Through shared activities, however, meaningful connections can be formed. Shared activities are key to establishing strong academic networks. Contents The importance of networking in academiaNetworking challenges for PhD studentsOvercoming networking challenges through shared activitiesWhy shared activities create stronger academic networksExamples of shared activities in academiaOrganising a shared activity as a PhD student…

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    Simple strategies to network at academic conferences

    Networking at academic conferences can feel overwhelming. However, when you follow six simple strategies, networking at academic conferences is not as difficult as it may seem. Contents #1 Networking by preparing a good conference presentation#2 Networking by connecting with other conference session or track presenters#3 Networking by joining the conference’s early career activities#4 Networking by connecting with your academic ‘heroes’ during academic conferences#5 Networking by attending the conference dinner#6 Networking by post-conference networking #1 Networking…

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    How to end a professional email in a university setting

    Whether you write an email to your professor, lecturer, lab supervisor, or colleague, knowing how to end a professional email in a university setting is a must. Why? Because it is a crucial part of the academic emailing etiquette. To assist you in your communication via email, here is a compilation of professional email endings, effective sign-offs and email signatures in academic settings. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn…

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    The value of a personal academic website

    Some academics have personal websites. Others don’t. And opinions on whether personal academic websites are necessary or not differ widely. Therefore, many PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are unsure about whether they should create one or not. They may also doubt whether they have anything important to share. However, personal academic websites can be valuable, especially for early career scholars. Contents What is a personal academic website?Advantages of a personal academic websiteWhat a personal academic…

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    5 proven ways to become an academic peer reviewer

    Peer reviewing academic work comes with many benefits, including staying up-to-date on the latest research, adding to your academic CV, and developing critical thinking skills. There are several ways to become a peer reviewer, including publishing your own research, networking, asking for help from supervisors, receiving referrals, and reaching out to editors. Contents The benefits of peer reviewing academic work#1 Become a peer reviewer by publishing your own research#2 Become a peer reviewer by networking#3…

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    How to address a professor in an email

    When writing an email to a professor, it is important to consider the context and the proper way to address them. This can vary depending on the country, the university, and the rank of the professor. When you are unsure about the norms in your context, is always best to choose between the most formal options of “Dear Professor” and “Dear Dr.”. Learn more. Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may…

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    The most useful academic social networking sites for PhD students

    A strong network and meaningful connections allow PhD students to get ahead, in and beyond academia. Social networking sites can play an important role in creating such networks. But which (academic) social networking sites are the most useful ones for PhD students? Contents 1. Twitter to reach a large audience2. LinkedIn to grow your professional network3. ORCID ID to showcase your publications4. Google Scholar to tap into the power of Google5. ResearchGate and Academia.edu to…

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    How to thrive in academia as an extrovert

    Many extroverts wonder if academia is a fitting work environment for them. Extroverts have the ability to thrive in academia while remaining true to their natural tendencies. Discover more about the benefits and challenges of being an extrovert in academia, and explore practical strategies to excel in this field while embracing your extroverted nature. Contents Is a research career viable for extroverts?Advantages of extroverts in academiaChallenges of extroverts in academiaStrategies for extroverts to thrive in…

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    How to network during an online academic conference

    Academic conferences are increasingly held online or in a hybrid format. How to network during online academic conferences? Find out more about virtual networking ideas and strategies during academic online conferences. Contents Why online academic conferences are (partly) here to stay#1 Create a full conference participant profile#2 Actively participate in online conference sessions#3 Reach out to interesting speakers after their online presentation#4 Invite people to connect with you during your ow presentation#5 Participate in online…

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    Why PhD students should have an ORCID ID

    An ORCID ID is a personal identifier that tracks a scholar’s work and publications. It is free to register an ORCID ID and shows up next to your name in most journal publications. PhD students should ideally get an ORCID ID before their first publication. Contents What is an ORCID IDHow to set up an ORCID IDAdding publications to your ORCID profileWhy you should get an ORCID IDWhen to get an ORCID ID What is…

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