In order to be successful in the highly competitive arena of international research, you need to continually develop various skills and to engage in a wide range of activities. This toolkit compiled by Corvinus University Library offers you a set of freely available resources that can help you to enhance your career as a researcher.
As a successful researcher, you need to hone your skills of academic writing, presentation, research methodology and research project planning. These useful resources will help you on your path.
Academic writing encompasses a set of skills you need to communicate your results effectively in formal written prose.
In addition to joining one of our courses and consultations, you may also wish to consult one of the many online writing guides and tutorials such as:
Follow one of the established style guides to make sure that your publication follows the expected norms and looks respectable. Make sure to pick the style guide that is relevant for your field.
|AP (journalism, news)||overview from Purdue University;|
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|Chicago Manual of Style (humanities)||overview from Purdue University;|
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|Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Style (computer science, engineering)||overview from Purdue University;|
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|American Psychological Association (social sciences)||overview: coming soon;|
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First impressions matter, and the first impression your paper makes on readers is by its physical appearance. Make sure your paper looks great in terms of formatting by following this tutorial from the Modern Language Association Style Center:
Formatting Your Research Project (by the MLA Style Center)
As researchers, we have many reasons to cite: to acknowledge the work of others, to allow readers to check our sources, the point readers to useful literature, and to show that we have done our research. How and what to cite, however, can be thorny issues. The resources listed here help you to adopt citation best practices and to steer clear of plagiarism:
1. An overview from MIT Libraries of Citing Sources
2. On overview from MIT of Academic Integrity
3. Avoiding plagiarism:
The technical details of citing and referencing can be dauntingly complex and there are different citation formats out there. Here you can find thorough descriptions of some of the most widely used systems. Note also that there are many easy-to use citation management tools which make citing and referencing very easy (see next section).
In addition to written publications, researchers communicate and share their results by giving talks and poster presentations at conferences and workshops. These events are great for sharing your results, increasing your visibility, getting inspired by others, professional networking and a lot more. It is important that you hone your presentation skills to be successful in this important arena.
While many of us researchers are a bit on the introverted side, it is important that we develop the presentation skills needed to make the most of conferences and workshops. The good news is that here as well, practice makes perfect – but some tutorials can also be helpful:
There are many tools for creating a presentation, here is a selection:
Creating a good poster is considered by many to be an art form. Here are some selected tutorials plus templates for your use.
In science, claims need to backed up by solid evidence. And exactly how solid your evidence is depends on your methodology and on your data. Below, we provide a handful of selected resources.
As any PhD student will tell you, life as researcher involves trying to stay atop several concurrent research project. Thus, research project management skills and tools are essential. Here is a collection of resources.
In academia, the results do not always speak for themselves. It is your task to market your findings, and this involves the adoption of an appropriate publication strategy.
Academic publishing is a long, winding and often arduous process. Knowing what to expect and getting prepared to make the right choices at important junctions is the key for successfully navigating this challenging terrain.
Choosing the right journal for your paper vastly increases the chances of acceptance and publication. What is more, it also increases the visibility of your paper by helping you to reach just the right audience.
Taking care of your author ID (ORCID, Publons or Scopus Author ID) and maintaining a profile of your academic activities (on ORCID, GoogleScholar, Publons or Scopus) is essential in order to make your publications visible.
Repositories & Open Access
As a researcher, you want your academic output to be available to the broadest possible audience, as early as possible. Repositories and the open access movement are your friends in this endeavour.
Repositories are essential in making your academic output accessible to the widest possible audience, at the earliest possible time:
Conferences & Workshops
Contrary to popular beliefs, academica is extremely social and community-based. Conferences and workshops are crucial rituals and also very practical exchanges of ideas and inspiration.
Conferences are the lifeblood of research: the place where you can share your ideas, inspire and get inspired, and forged professional and personal relationships. In order to make the most of your conference experience, check out the guides below:
Organizing conferences is an important service to the research community. It is also a great way to expand your professional network and increase your visibility and name recognition. Conferences are logistically complex events which need a lot of forward planning. The resources below provide essential help to get started:
Most researchers also have teaching duties. Ideally, these two activities reinforce each other. In practice, combining these two is not a trivial task.
10 simple rules to combine research and teaching from PLOS
Reviewing & Editing
Reviewing and editing are part and parcel of academic life. In addition to being acts of essential service to the community, they are also a nice way for you to widen your perspectives and expand your professional network.
Accepting a request to act as a peer reviewer is an important service to your discipline. It is also a way for you to expand your professional network and increase your visibility. Writing a good peer review can be a challenge. The good news is that there are many useful guides:
Acting as an editor of a journal or a volume of studies is a tremendous responsibility and a huge task. In addition to being a major act of professional service, editorship is also a great way to increase your knowledge and expand your professional network.
Just like our private lives, more and more of our professional lives are taking place online. Social media, your professional homepage, blogging or microblogging are essential ways to build up and maintain your profile as a researcher.
Social media is a crucial tool for curating your professional profile and making your work and yourself visible.
Twitter is increasingly used by academics both to engage in academic discussion and also to reach a non-academic audience.
Blogging about your research can increase your visibility and recognition (both to a professional and a non-professional audience), but it is not without its pitfalls.