Jan 17, 2021

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Science family of journals announces change to open-access policy

By Richard Van Noorden
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  • In a step towards open access, the publisher of Science will start allowing some authors publishing in its high-profile subscription journals to share their accepted manuscripts openly online under liberal terms that mean anyone could reproduce or redistribute the work.
  • The new AAAS policy instead allows researchers funded by some Plan S agencies to post accepted versions of their articles online freely as soon as their papers appear — and under open licences that let anyone else redistribute or reproduce the manuscripts.
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‘Can you work with less-qualified people?’ and 19 other curveball questions to navigate at industry interviews

By Tina Persson
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  • A simple, effective answer would be that your PhD has enabled you to gain a wealth of knowledge and specialist techniques that are highly valuable to the particular industry, as well as giving you important transferable skills (such as problem solving, data analysis, presentation and teaching skills) that allow you to fit into a corporate environment easily.
  • If you’re based in academia and have lined up interviews with industry employers, you can anticipate certain questions and prepare effective responses that improve your chances of getting the job.
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The power of a budget plan in grant writing

By Ethan Wilk
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  • I learnt that as part of a grant application, a budget plan allows funders to understand exactly where the money will be going and what researchers will be doing with it at any given point.
  • Last year, with guidance from my mentor, financial economist Yuri Tserlukevich at Arizona State University in Tempe, I began delving further into the mechanics of budget plans by researching financial economics.
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My 11 part-time jobs made me a better PhD student

By Cassie Sims
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  • Part-time jobs offer some obvious transferable and practical skills that could have a place in scientific research: knowing how to speedily clean filthy glassware or having swift mental-maths abilities are just as useful in front of a laboratory bench as behind a bar.
  • Additionally, one of the most important skills for success in your PhD is time management.
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