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Careers in Nature – 15 August 2014

NatureEvery fortnight we’ll be collating all the careers related content across Nature, just in time for some weekend reading.

Nature Biotechnology has published a data table that ranks researchers based on paper output in Science-Business exchange (SciBX) in 2013 and patent output at their  current institution. The article also shows where the patenting and paper energies are directed. almost 30% of the papers submitted to SciBX were related to cancer, closely followed by research tools.

Striving for openness in academia is a good thing – sharing work with peers to help with research can only be beneficial. But, for one student, this has backfired. In 2011, Diego Gómez Hoyos posted a 2006 thesis about amphibian taxonomy on the social network Scribd. In 2013, he was informed that the author of the paper was suing him for violating copyright laws, and Gómez may end up in jail for 4-8 years as a result even though he removed the thesis as soon as he was informed, reports Michelle Catanzaro on the Nature News blog. The reason this is possible is because the copyright laws in Colombia were reformed in 2006, making Gómez’s act a criminal offence.

The use of social media amongst scientists has increased dramatically over the last few years, specifically with the rise of academic-only networks like ResearchGate and In the article, Richard Van Noorden explores what the relationships are between scientists, social media and the way that it is changing collaboration. The article also shows results from the Nature survey : that Twitter is mainly used for following discussions; Facebook isn’t used much professionally; LinkedIn is only used in case people wish to contact you; the same goes for ResearchGate, although more people use it for discovering peers too; same for; and Mendeley is mostly for discovering recommended papers. There is a great interactive infographic that delves into the details a little more.

Materials Girl blogs regularly on The Sceptical Chemist, and in her latest blog post she highlights some of the things she has learned during her time as a teaching assistant, or TA.



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