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01 12月.2017 New

When it comes to publishing your research, getting accepted in the right journal is only part of the struggle. Authors are increasingly under significant pressure to demonstrate the societal impact of their work. This often boils down to being able to introduce and explain your work to a wider audience. If you can engage with the public and show what you’re trying to achieve then you’re a good way along the road. At Sense about Sci...

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01 12月.2017

As scholars, we strive to do high-quality research that will advance science. We come up with what we believe are unique hypotheses, base our work on robust data and use an appropriate research methodology. As we write up our findings, we aim to provide theoretical insight, and share theoretical and practical implications about our work. Then we submit our manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. For many, this is the h...

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10 11月.2017

Effective collaboration often depends on understanding your partner’s incentives. In the field of academic research, many Chinese universities offer large cash bonuses for researchers who publish papers in leading academic journals, which can make up a large share of a Chinese researcher’s total salary. The size of these bonus payments means that they can have a large effect on decisions made by these researchers. A recent paper ...

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10 11月.2017

The impact factor, a numerical score that claims to rank the importance of scientific journals, may be resulting in unnecessary pressure on researchers to publish in journals with high values for that score. With some qualifications, the impact factor is a measure of the average number of citations for papers published in a particular journal. It is calculated by counting the total number of citations papers in the journal receive, a...

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03 11月.2017

You can find almost anything in periodicals. Periodicals offer a breadth of materials unmatched by almost any other kind of source. Here are the kinds of things in periodicals that might be useful for your research in environmental history: News or reportage tries to present a balanced, objective account of something notable that has happened recently somewhere in the world. Description of events will sometimes be accompanied by br...

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27 10月.2017

When you use a periodical to make an argument, be sure to question your sources as described in the previous section. Use periodicals as a source of information Historians use periodicals as a source of facts, from descriptions of newsworthy events to notices of sale and or of birth, marriage, and death. The newspaper articles about the Chicago and Peshtigo fires cited above are examples of periodical sources that could be used th...

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27 10月.2017

Periodicals can contain almost anything. Be prepared to be really surprised when you start looking at old periodical sources. For example, in one issue of the United States Miller, the following were things listed under the heading NEWS OF THE WORLD: “March 1st, 1879, there were 47,009 post offices in the United States; An attempt was made to assassinate the Czar of Russia, April 14th; A pound of oat meal is said to possess as much nu...

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23 10月.2017

Because periodicals are now available in many formats, there are many ways to find them. If you are unsure about how to find a particular journal or magazine, ask a librarian for help. To find the most recent issue of a newspaper, magazine, or journal, begin on the Web or in your library’s current periodicals reading room. While many newspapers now make the latest news available on the public Web for free, some specialized journals...

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23 10月.2017

Periodicals report events—from daily news stories, for-sale notices, and reviews of new novels to the proceedings of an academic conference—as or soon after they happen. “Periodical” is a general term for any newspaper, magazine, or journal that is published at regular intervals—once a day, once a week, once a month, once a quarter, or even once a year. Whether the periodical in question is a newspaper aimed to keep the inhabit...

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10 10月.2017

Members of the media do “research” by performing all sorts of tasks — pulling financial records, tracking down contact information for sources, scraping data from government websites. But another key skill is the ability to locate and review academic studies to strengthen and deepen stories. The Journalist’s Resource studies database distills top research, but there’s a much bigger universe of research out there. One common ...