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For next week: become familiar with the Open Science Framework

As we discussed today, we will be using the Open Science Framework to work collaboratively on our class project, and I highly recommend it as a tool for your personal writing projects as well.

By the end of this week it would good to have done the following:

  1. Set up an account
  2. Watch the  video below giving an overview of the OSF
  3. Practice working on the OSF by:
    • Setting up a project for your personal writing project
    • Adding your manuscript outline, revising it, and uploading it again.
    • Adding some notes to the wiki
    • There is a comprehensive set of video tutorials to help you learn about the different things you can do with the OSF.


Dispelling the myth of effortless writing

Check out this interesting post by just published by Helen Sword called “How Academics Survive the Writing Grind: Some Anecdotal Advice“.

One of the things in the post that most caught my attention was this:

Of all the myths surrounding academic writing, the fallacy of effortless productivity is among the most persistent.

Don’t get down on yourself when the text doesn’t magically write itself. Just keep at it, and try to find joy in what you are accomplishing, even if some moments of the task at hand are frustrating.

Readings for 9/10: Science of Science

Two papers…the first is an overview of the field, the second is an example. No need to go in-depth on the stats in the second one…just skim it to get the general idea (we’ll go over it in more depth in a later session).

  1. Fortunato, S., C. T. Bergstrom, K. Börner, J. A. Evans, D. Helbing, S. Milojević, A. M. Petersen, F. Radicchi, R. Sinatra, and B. Uzzi. 2018a. Science of science. Science 359:eaao0185


  1. Smith MJ, Weinberger C, Bruna EM, Allesina S (2014) The Scientific Impact of Nations: Journal Placement and Citation Performance. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109195.

Readings for 9/5: Authorship

Hi all, here are two a papers about the topics we discussed in today’s workshop: one on authorship and what it means, and another on changing norms in the order of authorship (it also touches on the concept of corresponding authorship). The first may be of particular use to you as you navigate issues of authorship down the road.

I also include some links to the authorship guidelines of different organizations, including the Council of Science Editors (the professional organization for journal editors)

  1. Weltzin, J. F., Belote, R. T., Williams, L. T., Keller, J. K. and Engel, E. C. (2006), Authorship in ecology: attribution, accountability, and responsibility. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 4: 435–441.
  2. Duffy, M. A. (2017). Last and corresponding authorship practices in ecologyEcology and evolution7(21), 8876-8887.

Ethics: Guidelines on Authorship:

  1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA): Page 2. See also their publication on the Allocation of Authorship and Credit
  2. Ecological Society of America (scroll down to “Publication”)
  3. American Psychological Association (Paragraph 2 under “Publication Practices & Responsible Authorship
  4. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
  5. Council of Science Editors

Readings for 8/29: Writing strategies 2 (Environment, Scheduling, Tools)

Hi everybody, these are some of the things we discussed in class today. They are some quick Blog Posts (1 & 2) and some lists of writing platforms that minimize distractions (3). 

  1. Creating an Environment Conducive to Writing
  2. An Introduction to the Pomodoro Technique
  3. Distraction Free Writing Platforms for Authors:
    1. List 1
    2. List 2
    3. List 3
    4. List 4
    5. MS Word Focus Mode

If you have any tools or techniques you’d like to add, please submit them in the comments below!