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On Predatory Publishers

Opinion:  Academic publishing is broken HTML

Journal accepts bogus paper requesting removal from mailing list HTML (Love Fig. 1!)

Bohannon, J.  2013.  Who's Afraid of Peer Review.  Science 342(6154): 60-65.  DOI:  10.1126/science.342.6154.60   HTML (exposé of predatory open-access publishers by an editor of Science)

Hawkes, N. 2013.  Spoof research paper is accepted by 157 journals.  BMJ 347:f5975  doi: 10.1136/bmj.f5975  PDF

Beall's list of predatory publishers HTML

Peer Review Manipulation?  HTML

On Impact Factors

Impact factors: use and abuse PDF

Bang for Your Buck: Rejection Rates and Impact Factors in Ecological Journals Abstract (then choose HTML or PDF, as desired)

The Assessment of Science: The Relative Merits of Post-Publication Review, the Impact Factor, and the Number of Citations HTML  PDF

Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals (Nova Publishers)  Slideshare



Elements of Style HTML

The science of scientific writing PDF  HTML

Citing practices in ecology: can we believe our own words? HTML
(Inaccuracy in citations) 

Referencing Practices in Physical Geography: How Well Do We Cite What We Write? HTML

Citation accuracy in environmental science journals  HTML

One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate  HTML

Writing Science:  How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded.  blog or book

Poor writing and the passive voice:  PDF

Communicating the Science of Climate Change HTML  PDF
ncludes a great table of common scientific terms with different meaning to the general public

The Trouble with Retractions PDF

How to write consistently boring scientific literature PDF and html responses

Economical Writing:  An Executive Summary  PDF

How to Write Backwards PDF

Steps to publication (pps)

The American Chemical Society has an online video series entitled Publishing Your Research 101.  Episodes include:  How to write a paper to communicate your research, The essential elements of an accepted manuscript, and Responding to reviewer comments and manuscript rejections html


On being a Scientist:  Responsible Conduct in Research (2nd Ed, 1995)  Openbook

On being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (3rd Ed, 2009)  HTML (purchase a print copy, read online, or download free personal use PDF)

Retraction Watch HTML

Citing Practices in Ecology:  Can we believe our own words? (Inaccuracy in citations)  PDF

Plagiarism HTML

A Troubled Tradition: It's time to rebuild trust among authors, editors and peer reviewers HTML

Publishing Your Research 101 - Ep. Episode 5: Ethical Considerations   HTML

Student's Guide on Avoiding Plagiarism   HTML 


Regarding outlines:

Here's the academic reference on outlines:

Here's a site that describes why an outline can help you.  I suggest you adopt this approach (I liked the status report on the sections).

Here's an outline you might want to start with.

Here's a template in Microsoft Word, with section headings and some reminders (you'll like using Document Map, if you haven't before):

Poster/Oral Presentations

Beth A. Fischer, B.A. & M.J. Zigmond.  1999.  Attending Professional Meetings Successfully.  University of Pittsburgh. PDF

Succeeding in Graduate School

How to be a good graduate student PDF

How to Survive Graduate School and Start your Career in Science/Engineering  About, and order form ($10/inc shipping)

Grant Writing (suggestions from Ecolog-L)


Russell, Stephen and David Morrison. Year? Grant Application and Writer's Workbook.  Successful Grants for Any Agency. Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops (See also, for specific funding agencies)

Dr. O'Neal, Vanessa S. 2013.  Grant Me the Money! - The Practical Guide to Successful Grant Writing Practice.  Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc Kindle Edition

Geever, Jane C. 2012.  The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Edition. ISBN 978-1-59542-404-4.  See also their workshops

Coley, Soraya M. and  Cynthia A. Scheinberg. 1990. Proposal Writing.  SAGE Human Services Guides.

Hofmann, Angelika H. 2010. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. Oxford University Press.

Friedland, Andrew and Carol L. Folt's 2009. Writing Successful Science Proposals.  Yale University Press; 2 edition

Schimel, Joshua.  2011. Writing Science:  How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded.  Oxford University Press book (see below for blog)

Writing Science:  How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. blog


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