The working conditions of young researchers in the first few years of their academic career are surprisingly similar to the working conditions of low-rank drug-gang members. This provocative conclusion can be drawn from the blog post which I came across recently, although it was published in 2013 by Alexandre Afonso, Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the… Read More Ways in which academia resembles a drug-gang
If you want to get your paper cited, give it a short title! This is a conclusion from a paper published last week in Royal Society of Open Science.
Recently, I have overheard this conversation between two researchers in a coffee-room: – So, are you expected to submit some grant proposals soon? – Well, it’s not that I have to do it but if I would like to get a job after this post-doc, then I should. I could, of course, potentially, get a position… Read More Do cars and grants have anything in common?
After having worked on and off on a research project for five years, it’s finally time for me to put together all the data into an article and get it published. Publishing your data that you have spent so many years to obtain is what every researcher is aiming for. It’s basically the reward for… Read More The process of publishing your science
As the Swedish election is approaching faster than you can swipe left on Tinder, the question of how the different parties look at future of science was brought to the table by the Young Academy of Sweden ,who invited representatives from the political parties in Sweden for a debate on science policy at Stockholm University.… Read More Gender Inequality in Science
It’s been 14 years since I entered the ‘university‘. I’ve been to different places in the world with lot’s of good and bad times. Finally, I thought that I should conclude what I have learned from academic life and how this could reflect on my ‘real’ life. Of course what follows is my personal opinion and someone… Read More What academic life has taught me (or not…) about real life!
Peer review is the cornerstone of science. It is the process that (tries to) safeguard the science in the scientific article. It is the relatively simple process of anonymous proofread (review) by a relevant scientist (peer). Software review is one of the many cornerstones of our modern society. It is the relatively simple process by… Read More Reviewing reviewers reviews
Yes, you read this title correctly. When it comes to academic careers, the motto “publish OR perish” reigns supreme. What it means exactly, is that if a researcher does not produce a number of solid studies recognized by peers and published by established journals in the area, his/her academic career will likely suffer, and, in… Read More Publish & Perish
Hej there, I’ve mentioned an important fact that where a researcher could talk about his/her research in my last blog. The answer is simple and clear – scientific journals, conferences, seminars etc. I’ve also emphasized which one of them is the most important – scientific journal, which literally reflects a researcher’s work, competence and productivity.… Read More Black box
There is a classical scientific career path at KI: • Postdoc • Research associate (FoAss) • Senior Research fellow • Professor As Chrisi already wrote, here it is important to have the exactly right employment if you want to follow this career-path. However, there is also a parallel career-path. The teaching career path at KI:… Read More Career at KI — more info