An academic librarian and a computer scientist talk about supporting academic research from totally different perspectives. We lift the lid and chat about how it all works under the hood, demystifying some of the things that go on in the background to make the academic machine work, from tackling the world of information and managing the tidal wave of Big Data through to developments in scholarly communications to research assessment.
Ep8 Explaining SARS-CoV-2 new variant naming
We discuss SARS-CoV-2 'new variants' and try to clear up some of the confusion around all the names flying around. Hopefully this helps to give some insights into the various names you hear, but probably by the time you listen the whole thing will have changed again since this field moves so rapidly. Andrew apologises in advance for all the errors that will be found in this podcast!
If you want to read a bit more theres an interesting news item on Nature: www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00097-w
Ep7 Mechanics of scientific paper writing
The process of writing a scientific paper can be complex with lots of little details nobody tells you about. We discuss how it all works practically, from the inception of an idea to getting your paper into review.
Ep6 Resources for Research
We discuss different resources used in research:
databases such as free ones like Google Scholar and Pubmed to paid databases,
author profiles such as ORCID,
and the pros and cons of them.
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Ep5 Reference managers: easing the pain of referencing
Reference managers can save you a lot of time and energy when writing papers, but are an often overlooked tool.
We look into what they actually are, why we need them, our own experiences with a variety of different reference managers, and some of the pros and cons.
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Ep4 The challenge of reproducibility
Reproducing results from scientific papers can be a challenge. Using bioinformatics as an example, we discuss how to make it easier to reproduce results, covering:
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Ep3 DORA the explora: rethinking research assessment
We discuss DORA (Declaration on Research Assessment) and its impact on Researchers, Publishers, metrics providers, Institutions and funders.