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Communities Happenings – 11th November

Conference updates

This month you can find editors from Nature Publishing Group at some high profile conferences. Firstly we will be attending Neuroscience 2011, this year’s main event for neuroscientists from around the world. Organised by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the event is taking place from November 12th – 16th, in Washington, DC. To tie in with this, editors, research scientists and bloggers will be sharing their insights on varied topics and sessions from the event through a special series of guest posts on the Nature Neuroscience blog, Action Potential. A team from Nature Publishing Group will also have a spot at booth #205. You can find out more details in our summary post, NPG at the SfN conference.

Kidney Week 2011 is currently in full swing. Held from the 8th-13th November in Philadelphia, PA, it’s the world’s premier Nephrology meeting, where over 13,000 kidney professionals from around the globe gather together. NPG are joining the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) for Kidney Week 2011 and have a booth at stand #415, so if you are attending, be sure to drop by. To tie in with Kidney week, Nature Reviews Nephrology have also launched their very own Twitter account. Be sure to follow them at @NatRevNeph and do keep an eye on the conference’s official tweets #kidneywk11.

Twitter and Google +

In addition to Nature Reviews Nephrology, this week has seen the launch of more NPG journals on Twitter. So make sure you follow the latest accounts:

You can also find a full Twitter list of NPG journals and products here.

This week Google+ launched pages and several NPG journals and products have already created their own. See our circle featuring all the NPG Google+ pages. This circle will be continuously updated as and when accounts are created.

New tools: ReadCube

Last week, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Digital Science announced the integration of ReadCube’s web reader tool with nature.com. The web reader tool is currently available to personal subscribers and site license users on Nature and 18 Nature research journals. It is also available on the open access publication Scientific Reports. Users can now highlight & annotate research articles in their web browser using the new ReadCube tool. To find out more information about this new tool, you can read the press release here.

Super SONYC!

Last night the eagerly awaited 6th SoNYC event took place. The topic of discussion was, In the news, but not reviewed, and looked at the peer review process. The panel included John Matson, astronomy journalist for Scientific American, Maia Szalavitz, a journalist who focuses on neuroscience, John Timmer, the science editor for Ars Technica, and a special video appearance by John Rennie. You can catch up on the discussion via the recording of the live stream or read our summary post which includes a Storify of the online conversations. Details of the next SoNYC will be released soon, so do keep an eye out on the SoNYC Twitter account for details and keep Thursday December 8th free!

Tweetups around the world

For those in the DC area, tonight will be this month’s #DCscitweetup, held at the National Geographic Live (@NatGeoLive) event, The Big Idea: Who Lives? Who Dies? The event will hear from chemistry Nobel Laureate, Martin Chalfie, and Nat Geo emerging explorer, Beth Shapiro. National Geographic will host all tweeps for a small reception to mix and mingle beginning at 6 p.m, before the lecture commences at 7pm. For those who can’t attend, you can also submit your own questions for the presenters before and during the lecture. You can find out more information about the tweet up here.

For those interested in the next #NYCSciTweetup, this will be held on the 1st December at the Peculier Pub and you can find out more information on their Facebook page.

For those on the other side of the Atlantic in Cambridge UK, don’t forget that the next #camscitweetup will be held on Thursday 24th November in the Kingston Arms pub. For more scientific event updates, remember to check our scientific calendars.

Journalism fellowship

Would you like to receive training in NPG’s London office, spending between two to four months reporting science stories from developing countries? Canada’s International Development Research Centre is offering a six-month, full-time, fully-funded science journalism fellowship to an English-speaking Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. The successful applicant will be at an early stage of his/her career, but with at least three years experience as a journalist. Applicants must have a keen interest in science and technology, particularly relating to development, outstanding reporting and writing skills as well as strong ideas for news and features suitable for publication in Nature. You can find out more information, along with details on how to apply in The News Blog.

News from Nature

Finally, if you hadn’t already noticed, Nature News and Comment has a brand new homepage, making it easier to navigate and find the scientific news you are interested in. We encourage you to check it out. If you want even more ways to follow Nature’s news team, check out their YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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