Guides and recommended reading

General guides


Creating a simple and effective academic personal website Creating an academic website goes hand-in-hand with creating your CV and presenting who you are to your academic and professional peers. This guide helps you to take that next step and informs you on how to easily create an effective academic personal website. 


The value and how-tos of blogging and microblogging for disseminating your research Blogs and microblogs (e.g. Twitter) are vital tools for academics to publicly communicate about research developments and findings, to announce publications and share presentations and to write about relevant research issues. This guide provides some tips on how to get started, and how to blog effectively.

Preparing a paper Preparing a manuscript is a time-intensive activity: organizing the technical content, preparing graphs and tables, writing, proofreading, and correcting syntax and grammar. Wordiness is a major impediment to communication: this document advocates writing concisely. We identify best practices for preparing graphs and tables. Together with guidelines for the usage of significant figures, we tabulate typical errors and expressions. Write your paper well so that reviewers concentrate on the content.

Style_writing_journal_articles Elements of Style for Writing Scientific Journal Articles
Once you have your basic structure outlined, you might need some help in terms of style. This guide focuses on styles and practices that will help to transfer scientific information, ideas, and understanding from the author to reader effectively.
open access Your Guide to Publishing Open Access with Elsevier
Open access stands for the free and permanent access to published research, combined with clear guidelines for readers to share and use the content. This brochure outlines clearly the types of journals that offer open access and the types of user licenses you need to be aware of that will suit your type of research best.
Get found. Optimize your research articles for search engines
Search engine optimization (SEO) of your journal articles is as important for you to do to market your research as it is for a company to market a retail product. Learn the tips on how to optimize your articles for search engines.
Get noticed Get noticed. Disseminate your research better
This guide provides useful tips on using the many powerful online and traditional tools of research dissemination to communicate your research to your academic peers. Build your research profile online and offline to increase your visibility in the field.
ECR_writingcv Writing an effective Academic CV
A CV allows you to showcase yourself and your academic and professional achievements in a concise way. You want to have a compelling CV that is well-organized and easy to read, yet accurately represents your highest accomplishments. Click on the image to learn more.
peerreview_senseaboutscience Peer Review - The Nuts and Bolts
If you would like to become a reviewer, here is the guide which will help you to understand how peer review process works, some of the limitations of peer review and the role of peer review in the society.
Writing_papers_for_publication Writing papers for publication
This module is designed to maximize the success of publication for Early Career Researchers writing academic papers. It is developed in collaboration with the University of Bath, University of Bristol and the University of Exeter. 
Energy image  Guide to writing articles in energy science
Energy science addresses key questions of sustainable development. This suggests that energy scientists
should communicate their research effectively with readers both from within and outside of the scientific
community. In the communication of energy science, however, scientific writing potentially presents a
weak link. Here, the authors address this problem by clarifying the principle conventions for writing articles in
energy science.
Ethics Ethics in Research and Publication
Plagiarism, research fraud, undisclosed conflicts of interest...these are just a few of the violations that can threaten not
only the integrity of the science, but also one's standing in the scientific community. An understanding of the ethical
boundaries and "rules" is paramount to ensuring your work and career get off to the best start possible.

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Career Planning Guide

ChartingbookletCareer planning guide
Elsevier's newly revised "Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career" is a crash course of practical advice on how to plan your career. Written by 30-year research veteran Professor Alan Johnson, this free mentoring booklet—used as a resource in many workshops around the world— provides a detailed map of the important milestones you should reach along the path to a successful research career.

The booklet provides wide-ranging topics from planning your career to preparing a grant funding application, to selecting a research discipline, supervisor and mentor. It also discuses the importance of getting recognized for the work you do, how to publish research – thinking about this early on is essential – and where to publish.

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Recommended Reading

Other useful resources for Early Career Researchers

Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI)
A Doctoral Student's guide to Postdocs (Online PhD Programs)

Authors' Update Newsletter

Sign up to Elsevier's Authors' Update, our free quarterly newsletter jam-packed with relevant information and useful tools to help you during the publishing process.

Books on ScienceDirect

Career and Funding:
Borbye / Secrets to Success in Industry Careers
Margulis / The Road to Success
Pritchard / Success Strategies for Women in Science

Writing and Publishing:
Davis / Scientific Papers and Presentations, 3rd Edition
Rabinowitz / The Manual of Scientific Style
Anholt / Dazzle 'Em With Style, 2nd Edition
DeRenzo / Writing Clinical Research Protocols

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