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About the Survival Blog for Scientists

Short description
In this blog professional scientists write about their scientific life. Contributors are scientists in various stages of their career: from junior to senior. The aim is to supply scientists with tips on how to survive in science. This blog is a continuation of the book The Survival Guide for Scientists. For outsiders this blog will give an unprecedented insight in the professional life of scientists.

Continuation
This blog is a continuation of The Survival Guide for Scientists. Through this blog, we will continue writing about guidelines for scientists and exploring ways to make their work more effective.

Expansion
Eventually we hope to expand the Survival Guide for Scientists with more guidelines and with more themes with the help of the readers of this blog. Please post your own thoughts and experiences on how to survive as a scientist.

Subjects
To give an impression of what type of contributions, posts, comments would be welcomed we give here some examples:

  • stories about struggles with editors and referees
  • experiences with submissions of manuscripts that the editors did not want to send out for review
  • experiences regarding quality of presentations at conferences
  • experience with presentation and good-writing courses
  • experiences of junior faculty with surviving in science
  • experiences with the social structure of the (hard) sciences (who gets invited talks, etc.)

No science writing
On the Internet numerous sites, blogs and forums can be found in which science writers and scientists explain or report on new scientific discoveries. There is no place for such contributions here. Although accounts of scientists about how they worked with the media would be appropriate.

Also no pure scientific contributions
On the Internet some sites exists where scientists discuss amongst themselves scientific subjects. If we would allow this here, our blog would become a messy mixed bag. But we sure would like to hear how scientists collaborate.

Why these restrictions?
Our aim is to help scientists. Any contribution being in line with this goal is in principle suitable. If we would have started this blog to attract as many posts and comments as possible we would have put up a number of threads on science and religion.

Your blog or web-page on our blogroll?
If you think that your blog fits our mission and should be on our blogroll you have to send us the following: (i) link to your site, (ii) title and (iii) a short description. No extra information is necessary as your site should speak for itself. If accepted we really need all three pieces of information

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Responsibility
The final responsibility regarding the policy of this blog rests with Ad Lagendijk but major decisions will first be discussed with all authors.

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