It ain’t braggin’ if you back it up

By Cpl. Krista James (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1985915) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve just realised that this week’s quote was actually by Muhammad Ali.  Is it bad that I know it from a Kid Rock song?  My taste in music does baffle, I’ve now quoted Bon Jovi and Kid Rock on this blog – I will try for a Judas Priest quote next! It’s […]

Incredibly useful PubMed search tools you wish you knew earlier 

“I need to do some reading on this.” This past week I have spent a lot of time on PubMed.  So today I’m following up from a previous post on teaching students and early career researchers more efficient strategies to search and retrieve medical/life science literature. This post will focus on a couple of […]

Access denied!

“It is bad academic practice to limit your search to only literature that is open access.” A key area of frustration for undergraduate life science students in smaller and/or less research intense universities is the difficulties associated with accessing full text restricted access journal articles on the web.  It is challenging enough to perform a […]

10 steps to a successful manuscript cover letter

“What goes in the cover letter then?” Something a little snappier this week. I was approached by a colleague the other day for advice on writing a cover letter for a manuscript. Here are my quick tried and tested, waffle free tips: Address it to a named editor – but […]