Getting invited to present a conference is an honor many academic scholars aspire to reach. If you’ve been entrusted with this responsibility, it’s not something you should take lightly. There are a lot of people, both presenters and attendees, relying on you to make the experience one where everyone enjoys their time and learns what they came to find out.
This means you’re going to wear many hats in your role as a conference presenter. You’ll need to allocate resources, create and follow up on budgets, and manage time well. One way to do this is to utilize the data at your disposal to streamline the conference experience.
Data Collection Tools That Can Help Reduce Your Work
Starting from early in the conference planning timeline, you’ll be able to access data in various places. Here are a few of the most helpful resources you should be monitoring to aid you in planning your conference:
● Registration forms: Gone are the days of mail-in RSVPs and registration submissions. Now, your conference is likely connected to an automated system that takes care of the registrations and associated data. Your system collects names, address, and contact information that you can use to track who is coming to the event, and build your presentation around those attendees. Certain registration systems will break this down for you based on filters you design, such as sponsors, speakers, etc., and what their intent is for coming. If most of the audience is there to learn about “Category 2: Funding Sources,” you’ll know to put the bulk of your focus on preparing that category.
● Surveys: Some of the information that couldn’t be collected with an expensive registration tool can be gained for free with online surveys. Check with previous similar conferences and find out of the sponsors sent out a post-event survey. If so, what feedback did they receive that could help you streamline your next event? Plan a survey for this one, as well, and use the info to adjust how you handle your next conference, should you be asked to present another one in the future.
● Management software for events: Similar to registration software, event management software helps you break down the conference into manageable categories. However, this does so much more than focus on attendees. The right event management software serves as a dashboard that puts everything pertaining to the event in one central area. You can analyze reports about sessions, payments, retailers, and anything else that you need to include to put your conference together, and assign users to access and input data as needed.
● Mobile data collection apps: If you’ve been to a concert, airport, or conference lately, you’ve seen QR codes in action. Mobile apps make it possible to collect data with QR codes and other scanning features, enable live polls and question and answer sessions in real time, and conduct many other forms of data collection. These tools aid you in making in-the-moment adjustments to your conference, allowing you to answer questions that many members of the audience have, or skipping sections that would already be known by almost everyone.
With these tools, not only are you engaging in high-tech innovative systems that enhance the conference and your scholarly reputation, but you’re learning essential data that will guide your decisions from the very beginning.
Take Your Conference to the Next Level With Impactio’s Research Tools
Since networking is the main goal of many attendees, you can’t skip this vital part of conference planning. One way to network around the globe is to use Impactio, and the platform’s research tools can help you plan your conference and enhance networking connections.
With Impactio, you can scan the profiles of the audience attending your conference, and plan ways to help them network with other attendees. Impactio’s research tools give you the information you need to see where your VIP guests are so you can connect them with the right people. Use your survey features to collect everyone’s Impactio profile information, and ask for permission to share it with other guests, and you’ll be enhancing the networking opportunities for all of your guests seamlessly.
Where do you go when you want answers that you can trust; verifiable solutions to questions that you don’t want to solve yourself? It’s obviously the academic landscape, whether you head to the library for your own hands-on evaluation of written research journals and books, or online to reputable publishing sites.
You, too, are part of this scholastic landscape. It’s the place we as a collective society know that we can trust for answers that aren’t biased or skewed. And you must continue this tradition so that the academic reputation remains intact. It sounds like common sense, but what happens when a researcher has a bias they don’t realize is there?
This is more prevalent than you might imagine because we are human, and humans have inherent biases from our environments and conditioning. When you present your research findings, you must go through every word and nuance to ensure there are no biases in your work. Bias, humanity, and scientific research don’t mix.
The Dangers of Unknown Bias
So you don’t think you’re guilty of bias, right? It’s a clear-cut question that becomes a lot more gray when you’re presented with moral dilemmas, like research on nuclear weapons, genocide, infanticide, and other topics that elicit strong emotions.
If you’ve been raised in an average society with a typical family and friends, your kneejerk reaction is likely to accuse all of these topics of being “bad,” and associate negative connotations with them. While that’s not necessarily a “wrong” way of looking at things, it is a biased way. To truly approach research without any emotional weight skewing your findings, you must be entirely neutral to the subject and its results.
How to Avoid Bias in Your Presentations
Now you can see the dangers of bias, and how you, too, could be an unwilling victim of producing research work with a bias skewing it. The next question is, “How can you avoid bias in your research and presentations?”
By understanding the types of biases that are out there, you can read over your work before sharing it with others and catch the hidden messages yourself. Here are some of the most common types of bias in publishing:
● Publication bias, the result of publishing or not publishing someone’s work because you agree or disagree with the findings rather than on the merits of the research alone (i.e., refusing to publish findings of nuclear warfare because you disagree with the idea of nuclear war)
● Time lag bias, the result of too speedily or slowly publishing or presenting research instead of going through the typical channels of verification in a normal way
● Duplicate publication bias, where a work is published twice or multiple times in different formats because of the alleged importance of the results
● Location bias, the decision to publish someone’s research in journals that have varying accessibility or indexing levels in order to make it easier for the work to be found and, therefore, cited
● Citation bias, the decision to cite or not cite someone’s work because you agree or disagree with the findings, the journal, or the author
● Language bias, preferring one language over another for publication of a document or choosing to publish in a particular language because of the findings
● Outcome reporting bias, choosing to report some outcomes and not others to purposely skew the solution in the favor of the preferred results
Any of these biases can occur when you’re putting together your research to present to your audience, particularly if you’re concerned that members of the audience may be offended or upset at the results. Be cautious about what you include, and ensure you use the factual data you found during your research with all opinions and objectivity out of your choices.
Impactio Can Help You Focus on the Facts
When you want to include data in your presentation that shows the impact your work made on an audience, it can be hard not to appear biased. It is, after all, your work, and you have every right to be proud. You don’t want to brag, though, so let’s just stick to the facts. This is easy to do when you use Impactio to find the data you’re going to report.
Impactio’s tools follow your published works, breaking down the citation indicators, h-index levels, and other metrics in quantitative and alternative views. It’s hard to argue with the facts, especially when your audience is full of researchers. Let Impactio do the bragging for you, and print your research results without bias by using the analytics tools on our platform.
The move to focusing on speed as a measure of fluency began decades ago with DIBELS, the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy tests. The idea was that if a child reads too slowly, spending too much time sounding out a word rather than recognizing it and reading fluently, they lose comprehension.
Unfortunately, over time, this turned into a focus on speed instead of comprehension. Students were encouraged to read quickly, whether they understood the words or not. As busy post-doc adults, we know that it’s essential to be able to do both: read fast, and comprehend the text. Our schedules don’t allow for us to spend hours closely analyzing a text. We have minutes, not hours, and sometimes those minutes are hard to come by. The good news is you can get all the comprehension you need without sacrificing extra time when you learn how to speed read.
Why Speed Reading is a Thing
The average adult reads between 200 and 300 words per minute (WPM). That sounds like a lot, but your brain is capable of much more. Speed reading allows you to read and comprehend closer to 1500 words per minute. Imagine your college textbooks and how much time this would have saved you had you been able to increase your studying speed up to five times your previous ability. You can see why speed reading skills are so coveted.
When you read, your eyes look at a word and fixate on it, which takes about .25 seconds. Then, the eyes move to the next word, and the next, in a process called a saccade. Each saccade takes .1 second, meaning you can absorb four to five words at once as a full phrase in a little less than one second. Multiplying 4-5 words times 60 seconds in a minute gives you your WPM. But if you could absorb more than five words in one phrase, you could increase your WPM.
Tips to Read (and Comprehend) Faster
So how do people get through massive manuscripts in short chunks of time? They speed read, of course. You can, too, with these five tips:
- Look for keywords. Scan the content of a section instead of every word in the sentence and paragraphs. When you see something that interests you or seems important, slow down and reread. The essential words in a sentence are the nouns and adjectives. Over time, your brain will start to recognize those words and ignore others (for instance, the, and, but, to).
- Jump around. You really don’t need to read all of the text in a manuscript in order. It’s not a novel, where the plot builds on previous events. Go to a paragraph, read the first and last sentences, and you have the gist of the entire paragraph. If the first sentence tells you you’re going to be reading about something you’re not interested in or you already know, you can skip that paragraph.
- Apply it to something familiar. When your brain recognizes something as familiar (for instance, a scent from your childhood), it stores it in a more concrete fashion. If you’ve never heard of something before, it takes multiple applications to remember it. If you can apply something new you read to something you already know, like a personal memory, you’ll comprehend and remember it better.
- Keep a notebook as you read. Most of us will remember information better if we write it down. It can’t hurt to find those keywords and phrases in a paragraph and jot them down in a notebook. It only takes a few extra seconds, and you’ve more than gained that time with your other speed reading techniques.
- Practice. The more you practice speed reading, the faster your brain will grab on to the techniques you’re trying to employ. The best time to do this is a few hours before bed because, for a while, your brain is going to be working extra hard accumulating new information and new techniques. Let it rest after your practice rounds, and you’ll be speed reading like a pro in no time.
Improving Your Professional Portfolio With Impactio
Speed reading is one way to enhance your professional skills. Another impressive way to improve your reputation is to join Impactio, America’s largest scientific networking platform. Create a portfolio on Impactio, include your talents, skills, and recognitions, and link to your publications. It’s an easy way for others to “speed-read” through your curriculum vitae and add you to their network of experts in your field.
If you’ve done more than a handful of citations during your research career, you’ve seen examples of lead and co-authorship in action. This behavior of labeling writers of a paper is becoming more and more common as teamwork in the field of academics takes on steam.
Although it’s not uncommon to have multiple authors on one paper, differentiating between a co-author and the lead author isn’t as cut and dried as one might assume. The first name in the citation would make you believe that this placement means the author did the majority share of the work in the research and writing process. But determining who did more than someone else isn’t something everyone agrees upon, and if this isn’t delineated clearly before the work begins, it can lead to misunderstandings and possible misconduct.
Defining Each Role
Before you start working with a partner, one of the very first things you should do is communicate regarding each other’s definition of authorship. Coming to an agreement early can minimize any arguments or dissent before publishing the works.
To help you get started, here are the working definitions of lead and co-authors according to the accepted principles of academic publishing:
● A lead author is an individual that has likely initiated the research topic and carried out the research. They take the load of the writing and editing tasks on their shoulders, beginning the document, adding the majority of the content, running final drafts through editing tools, or hiring an editor to review the manuscript. Their name is typically listed first on the manuscript’s authorship sections.
● Co-authors, on the other hand, will collaborate with the lead author. They are listed as an author because they make a significant contribution to the research and the paper, but it is not a majority contribution. They may come into the project after the lead author has begun the process of creating the experiment and finding funding, but they share the responsibility and accountability for the final outcome.
Use these two definitions to determine who in the team is going to do what tasks, then decide in writing who the lead and co-authors will be. This can be adjusted later with everyone’s approval should one person fail to fill their roles, or another step up and replace a lead author.
Factors Used When Splitting Up Attribution
Still not sure how to split the hairs when it comes to attribution? There are some factors that eliminate assumptions and capitalize on factual data—you know, the stuff that every researcher can agree upon.
Because the label of author vs. co-author can make a major difference in one’s career, both academically and financially, this is a designation to take very seriously. In a new team, or with a new member of the team, these rules tend to get rid of gray areas:
● Lead authors make substantial contributions throughout almost every stage of the work, including acquisition, interpretation of data, analysis, and outcome
● Lead authors draft the work and play a major role in the critical revisions prior to publishing
● Lead authors have final approval of the work before it is sent in for approval or rejection from a publishing agency
● The team agrees that everyone is accountable for their part of the work, but a lead author takes accountability for the entire project, whether the active part of the job was theirs or not
● The lead author is the one who is questioned if there are any inaccuracies or questions of integrity; this person follows these investigations through their resolution.
When you clearly display the role of a lead author, many people who thought they wanted the job description don’t mind taking a step back. It’s a lot of pressure, and a hefty load of responsibility in the event that the work has any accountability or integrity issues called into question.
Monitoring Your Authorship With Impactio
However, whether you’re a lead author or your name falls behind someone else’s on the publication, it’s important to follow your authorship impact. You can do this with Impactio’s research tools. Impactio is America’s leading platform in academic analytics tools, and the free report features let you clearly see where your work is leading the way or falling short in certain areas.
With Impactio, you can build a team of professionals from all over the world, work together to come up with authorship decisions, and complete almost all the research you need by connecting online. When you’re ready to boost your professional reputation, start with Impactio.
There’s a lot riding on your ability as a researcher to get funding for your project. No funding usually means there’s no money available to do the research necessary to answer the question. On the other hand, those funds must be carefully chosen to avoid any bias and allow smooth access to the money as necessary without a lot of obstacles delaying the research.
How much funding and other resources you receive determines much of the quality of the work you can do, the development of the project, and the services you can allocate to completing each step. Choosing and getting approved for the right funding agency offers you advantages throughout the project, including the ability to determine how you allocate the funds to meet your academic initiatives. When this all falls into place correctly, you get to decide the budget, which can be a lot of pressure.
Setting Up Your Budget Carefully
Before you can begin allocating funds via a carefully designed budget, you must review the terms of your research funding. There are typical criteria that the funding body determines acceptable or unacceptable, and you must create your budget around those confines.
First, understand the amount of the grant and how it is intended to be allocated or distributed. Does it include a travel budget? If so, is it transportation only, or are lodging and stipends for food and other aspects included? Does the allocation allow you to pay institutional overheads or attend conferences related to the project? Will your publishing costs be included?
Each of these aspects and every other research cost must be compared to the terms of the funding. Anything not included must be covered through another source or out of the researcher’s pocket.
Don’t forget to include promotional aspects, such as marketing, digital and physical mediums of publishing and promotion, and travel expenses for those, as well.
Staying On Top of Adjustments
Now that you’ve separated your funds into a budget based on categories, you’ll need a system to keep a running total of each cost. Excel spreadsheets work well for this, but you can always use an accounting program like QuickBooks, too.
Get a receipt for every expenditure you pay for, and label the receipt under the category it fits in that you split your budget up with. For instance, paying for a team member to fly from their home country to the research base would be a travel expense. Categorize the receipt as “travel” and enter it into your spreadsheet, taking the funds from the travel budget.
This gives you a running total of how much you’ve spent in a category so you can keep an eye on your budget. If you have spent more than you expected, and you’re not even halfway through the project, chances are, you’re going to have to make some adjustments. It’s easier to do this earlier rather than later when you’ve overspent in too many categories and don’t have the leeway to cut costs elsewhere. Most importantly, if there’s no way to “cut” any other areas, you’ll need to have time to search out other alternatives for more funds to pay for them instead.
This also helps you keep track of any leftover funds and which categories you can use them for. General lab equipment, chemicals and reagents, and educational books or reference sources are often approved ways to allocate your excess funds and still reach your academic initiatives. If you have more than enough to cover expensive items, consider buying some major equipment you’ve needed, or attending a long-distance conference on your field of expertise.
Using Impactio to Find Your Team and Funder
When you have a profile on Impactio, finding a team to work with and funding sources to pay for your work becomes much more streamlined. All you have to do is scan the academic portfolios of others, see if they’re interested in your research project, and connect with them. Impactio’s worldwide network of professional experts like you gives you the opportunity to find your team and funder from the comfort of your computer screen.
The idea of having work copyrighted isn’t confined to scientific manuscripts. Any author or writer creating an original work should have the copyright to legally protect their document from being used without consent and appropriate attribution.
A copyright isn’t permanent, but it will stand the test of the author’s life. The duration lasts up to 100 years after the writer passes. However, it’s limited by jurisdiction, usually country-dependent, and just because your material has a copyright doesn’t mean it can’t be used. Some international agreements offer global protection, but if someone has the appropriate license to use the work, it can still become available for their application without express consent. One of the most common types of this license is under open license, a free, public ability for the copyright holder to give users access to their work for certain purposes.
Types of Creative Commons Licensing
In the academic world, it’s often a requirement of the publishing journal that open licenses are in effect. These give other researchers permission to use the work contained in the article, while still identifying the copyright holder. The benefits are multi-fold. First, the journal is shared more widely, and the author’s work is cited for its scholastic impact. This also encourages open access publishing practices. Other researchers are able to obtain the material they need to continue their work without fear of retribution for breaking copyright laws.
Creative Commons is one of the most common types of public copyright licensure. This nonprofit organization has been established for over two decades, with the sole purpose of sharing academic work. The copyright holder is given the right to define the conditions in which their work can be used, as well as decide what type of use is allowed.
Under Creative Commons, you as the author can receive credit by attribution with a CC-BY license and link to said license. The CC-SA license follows the same terms but lets the users modify the work and share it. The next type is the CC-BY-NC license, which takes these two licenses and lets you modify the work and use it for anything but commercial gain. Finally, the CC-BY-ND encompasses those three licenses but says the user can’t modify the work at all without permission.
These copyright permissions are essential to your research paper because they enable your work to be shared without fear of losing attribution. The more guided permissions you give, the greater your work’s academic impact can become.
Attributions Vs. Citations
Licensing is one method of ensuring copyright. This usually occurs automatically when the work is published in a journal. The publishers have control of the copyright permissions and can charge fees for the works to be used by others. With open access, these fees are waived. Publishers with open access licenses “encourage the reuse and distribution of content.” This practice enhances scientific research in every field.
Giving attribution via a license versus citations is not the same thing. Attribution comes with access to a license, while citations are practices used in subject areas to prevent plagiarism. Citations become vital when they’re part of the scholarly reputation and impact factor, as judged through scores such as the JRG, Eigenfactor, and H5-index.
Using Impactio to Find Suitable Journals to Publish Your Copyrighted Work
When you want to retain control of the copyright permissions of your work, you must be cognizant of where that work is published. With so many predatory publishers looking for unassuming researchers to prey on, this is more important than ever.
But when you turn to Impactio to find reputable, suitable journals, you get the peace of mind of knowing that you are in control. Look for journals that are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and must abide by those copyright requirements. Impactio can help you narrow down your search with the platform’s journal finding tools.
Search through your research field to find the most impactful publications, cross-reference the journals in which they’ve been published, and check out the copyright requirements for those journals. Using this process, you’ll know which sources are legitimate and which you should stay away from. With opportunities like these that come with an Impactio membership, it’s no wonder Impactio is the number one scientific networking tool in America.
It’s a rare writer who can write and wholly edit his or her own paper. Most of us need help at some stage of the pre-publishing, whether it’s in grammar and mechanics or with garnering a comprehensive overview of the text. This is particularly true in the field of science, when the final manuscript is complex, long, and has been through an arduous, time-consuming process to get to the finished script.
However, unlike the typical writer, a researcher can’t hire a general editor to assist them in their publishing preparation. Much of the content in an academic manuscript has to be evaluated for things like rigor, replicability, and applicability, which requires someone with extensive training. That’s why investing in a scientific editor is a good idea for every academic researcher.
What a Scientific Editor Does
Any editor you hire should have substantial expertise in the language you’re writing in. As an academic writer, this is most likely English. English is a complicated language, even for native speakers, so when you find an editor who excels in publishing requirements, you want to keep them as a professional partner.
But if they’re not versed in scientific editing, they could miss a lot of essential factors in your manuscript. Scientific editors have a special skill set: They have a background in science and understand academic rigor at the level of higher institutions, often as far up to the doctoral level.
The primary job of a scientific editor is to work on submissions sent to science journals. So, an editor at this stage focuses on more than the grammatic and mechanical setup of your paper. They go deep into the content, looking for the paper’s requirements to ensure your work meets them.
In addition to the background in science and English, the editor has already submitted and received acceptance to publications in scientific journals, so they know the entire process thoroughly. They have a complete understanding of what the science or medical journal wants in an accepted manuscript, and they can help you adjust your writing to meet those specifications.
Of course, your article must also be in the correct format, which can be overwhelming for writers. It’s hard enough to do the research and put it in a comprehensive text that includes all the rigor and transparency necessary. But adjusting it for formatting is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back. When you hire a scientific editor, that aspect is taken care of for you.
The Scientific Editing Process
When you make the step to hire a scientific editor, here is what you can expect with that partnership. As long as you’ve hired them for a full scope of services, every aspect of your editing needs is considered.
To start, you’ll submit your manuscript to the editor. They’ll look for typos and grammatical or mechanical corrections as though they were doing basic proofreading. They’ll offer suggestions for clarity and comprehension, restructuring sections for better flow, and analysis of images, figures, and tables. They’ll also look for appropriate citations and referencing, verify that your calculations are correct, double-check your links, and ensure your data is appropriately sourced.
Should you opt for the top tier of scientific editing services, the editor can make changes to your text, rewriting it to keep the same concepts, but making them clearer. They can adapt the work you have to ensure it meets the highest levels of rigor. It may be more expensive, but it’s a significant time-saver and stress-relieving opportunity.
Find Your Editor Through the Impactio Network
Finding a scientific editor to work with doesn’t have to be difficult. Reach out to your network of peers on Impactio to see who they recommend, or put the word out that you’re looking for someone to partner with. Some journals offer this service to all academic researchers. However, you want the person working with you to be reputable and experienced, and not a new hire off the street.
Impactio can help you make other connections, too. If you’re trying to build a team of skilled researchers for your next project, spread the word about your latest publication, or check the impact level of your manuscript, Impactio is the platform for you. Use Impactio’s scientific research tools to take your career to the next level and set up an academic profile today.
Without data, there is no research. There is simply a person stating a hypothesis and making assumptions as to the answers. On the other hand, the wrong data can take a hypothesis and send it down a rabbit hole of incorrect analysis and solutions.
It makes sense, then, that a researcher’s data, being integral to the conclusion, should be transparent to everyone else, as well. This is where a Data Availability Statement comes in. The argument isn’t whether this statement is essential. It’s a question of who should be able to access this statement, and exactly how important it is in the research hierarchy.
What’s a Data Availability Statement?
The term “data availability statement” refers to the document that is attached to, or inserted in, a manuscript. The point of this text is to explain where the data that supports the results that were reported alongside a published article is located.
This text should include hyperlinks that take the reader to any publicly archived datasets that were used to develop analysis or those that were created and generated throughout the study. This information is vital to research integrity because it supports the validation, replicability, and citation aspects of scientific publishing.
Types of Data Availability Statements
These statements are considered part of shared data, and therefore must adhere to FAIR principles, being findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Anyone interested in accessing the data should be able to download it easily in a way that can be used for further analysis. As an author, your data availability statements can come in different formats.
If you choose to do so, you can state that data is available upon request. This is the method preferred when the data includes sensitive information that would be unethical to make public knowledge. If you do use this data statement format, you will need to supply the reasons for the restriction and include the contact information of the person who grants access to the data.
Other options are to include the data in the supplementary material provided with the publishing, or with the manuscript itself. Sometimes, the data is already publicly available in a data repository, in which case all you need to do is provide the link to the information. As long as the repository is appropriate to the field of research in which your work is related, and it meets the criteria for that field to be legitimate, you’ve done your job providing the DAS.
Benefits Versus Drawbacks
The importance of data is inarguably a crucial part of all research. However, data availability statements do have benefits and drawbacks. One advantage is that this practice increases academic collaboration and expands the ability to speed up scientific achievement. Instead of repeating the data experiments, one need only find data that’s already available and utilize that approved information in a unique way. This argument claims that using data this way offers new insights on the topic.
However, when the data is sensitive, or it’s unethical to share it, the requirement for a data statement can become dangerous to anyone involved in the study. This is especially true in the field of healthcare, where a person’s medical diagnosis should remain theirs to disclose, but instead is available for those who can access the information.
Collaborate With Other Researchers With Impactio
Regardless of your view on data availability statements, the fact is that they’re a commonly required part of any research project. When you collaborate with others who add validity and new insights to your data, it can improve the research findings significantly.
The hard part is usually finding someone who has the knowledge and skills that you need for your unique research question. That’s where Impactio steps in to solve your problem. With Impactio’s global network of academics and scientific researchers, finding the right person to team up with becomes a simplified process.
View others’ academic portfolios and CVS, check to see if they’re available for new work and reach out to them. Your Impactio profile assures them that you’re a legitimate professional, too. Together, you can collaborate on a project, evaluate the data, and make an impact in the field of science. It all starts with Impactio.
As a researcher, you’ll go through a variety of experiences, and all of them will challenge you and grow your knowledge. Expanding your career isn’t always full of things you want to do, but each experience can provide you with new information and insights about yourself and your role. One of the least favorite parts of research for many academic scholars is the verbal communication aspect.
You might be an amazing writer, able to communicate difficult concepts clearly and concisely with the right word choice (settled on after hours of grueling consideration behind a computer screen). But putting you in front of an audience has you stuttering like Rain Man or Spongebob (whichever comparison you feel more accurately describes your abilities). This doesn’t have to be the case, though. With these simple steps, you can improve your verbal communication in formal and informal situations.
The Importance of Verbal Communication as a Presenter
Communication is vital at every stage of the research career. This includes written and verbal contact. You’ll communicate with peers, funders, supervisors, and other people, and how you talk to them can impact your professional reputation.
This is particularly true when you present your findings to an audience. If you are unable to communicate well, you may come across as rude, short, or, even worse, unprofessional and unknowledgeable. Before you step in front of another person, read these tips to improve your verbal communication skills.
3 Simple Steps to Improve Your Verbal Communication Skills
There are three phrases to remind yourself of when you speak to anyone else: Think Carefully, Speak Clearly, and Be Confident. These three terms will get you through every presentation you make, and every information interaction you find yourself involved in.
Step one is to think before you open your mouth. Is what you’re about to say going to come across the way you intend for it to, or could it be misconstrued as unprofessional or rude? Let the audience know that you sometimes pause in conversations to ensure that what you’re going to say comes out the way you want it to, and they’re almost always understanding. Use that pause to organize your thoughts. This usually goes a lot faster than you expect it to, and taking those few seconds to process your thoughts can save you hours of backtracking and explaining what you really meant.
Step two is to go from A to B to C. Sound confusing? Think back to the last time you had a conversation with an extrovert. Chances are, the point they were trying to make took a while to get to, and in the end, you were wondering why they couldn’t just go from A to B without making dozens of detours in the conversation. Because they were confident in their storytelling abilities, they were able to connect the dots to some degree and get back to Point B eventually. You, on the other hand, are working toward growing that ability, and you should always go from A to B to C, without detours.
Step three is to have confidence in yourself. Even if you don’t have the confidence yet, no one knows that but you. So, you can fake it with a few physical cues. Stand straight, keep your hands to your sides (not crossed in front of you), make eye contact, and speak clearly. Project your voice, varying your tone to show your audience you’re enthusiastic about the topic. There’s nothing more likely to put an audience to sleep than a monotone speaker.
Let Impactio Help You Get Ready for Your Next Presentation
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No one wants to deal with rejection of something they think is important. This is especially hard when the rejection is an academic manuscript you’ve spent months or years researching and putting together. By this time, that project is near and dear to your heart, and it’s difficult to comprehend why a publisher wouldn’t place the same importance on your submission.
Why your work was rejected could be one or more of a myriad of reasons. The important thing is how you respond to that rejection. The first rule of rejection is to walk away and don’t react. Give yourself time to think rationally rather than emotionally. After the emotions have died down a bit, it’s time to look further into the rejection and see how you can grow from it to become a better researcher.
The Common Reasons for Desk Rejection
One of those “life lessons” we learn as we grow into adults is that if we use rejection right, we can learn from it. It’s the silver lining to something none of us enjoy dealing with. This lesson applies to your research career’s rejections, as well. What was the reason for your desk rejection? Here are some of them, and how they can help you:
● Improper journal submissions: Your manuscript could be absolutely perfect down to the last detail, but if it’s outside of the scope of the journal’s purview, they’ll reject it.
● Missing journal guidelines: While you’re checking the scope of the journal, head to the page designed for writers. There, you’ll find a list of the specific guidelines that the journal requires. Before an editor reads your paper, they’ll go over that checklist. If anything is missing, it’s an automatic reject.
● Not novel enough: Some topics have been written ad nauseum. If you’re writing about something that has been overdone, include a “statement of novelty” to explain how you’ve taken an innovative approach to the subject. Include the idea and how it brings new light to the field of science in the abstract and conclusion.
● Plagiarism: Use multiple plagiarism detection software features before you submit your work. The publisher will be doing the same thing. If yours shows any duplication up to 20%, it will be rejected.
● Formatting, mechanics, and grammar: The occasional error isn’t going to be enough to get your paper rejected. But if there are consistent mistakes, the journal will reject your paper. If English isn’t your first language, or you’re more confident in your research than your formatting and structure, consider hiring a scientific editor as part of your manuscript creation process.
Each of these errors is substantial enough to have your paper rejected on its own. One mistake is easy enough to learn from, and since about 70% of manuscripts are rejected, it’s not something to take personally. Fix the error, don’t make it again in the future, and you have a much better chance of getting published later.
When there are multiple causes for rejection, however, it can be more intimidating. A wise suggestion is to team up with a scientific editor to see how you can grow. These individuals have a background in editing and science and have already published papers in journals. They understand the process and the content and will work with you to help you get to that point, as well.
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Putting together a strong research question is simple if you approach it in an organized, methodical fashion. Here is a framework you can follow to get started:
● Pick your research topic carefully. It should be something you’re interested in that also meets the relevant criteria of the assignment or expectations. Make sure it’s significant enough to justify a research experiment.
● Don’t create the question until you have looked into the background research. Check and see what’s out there already. That will help you focus on your topic.
● Think about what your audience would be interested in learning about the topic.
● Start asking yourself questions that lead to open-ended discussions, then choose the question that you want to solve.
Once you have the focused idea, turn it into a clear question by limiting your characters. Extend the question as necessary while still keeping it as concise as possible. Before you begin researching, look at your “final” question and ask yourself if what you’re trying to solve is conveyed clearly, or if it will get lost amongst the other research on the topic. Is it focused well enough to help you plan a path as you continue your experiment? Is it complex enough to be solved through research and analysis (typically beginning with “how” or “why” statements)?
If those answers are all “yes,” you can begin your research. Consider all the possible paths that your research may lead you to, and the sources you’ll need to answer your questions along those avenues. What would be the best process to open your experiment up to multiple perspectives? In most research projects, you’ll get a wider view of the work when you bring in outside help.
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In the academic field, if you’re not growing, you’re often left behind. Science is always evolving, and other researchers will build on your published work. So, how can you continue to grow after you’ve passed the desk rejection phase? The answer is with the Impactio platform.
Impaction is America’s leading platform for academic impact analytics. The free tools you’re given as a member can help you see where the strengths and weaknesses are in your previously published work. Run reports that view citations, impact, and other academic credits analytics, then visualize them with the Global Citation Distribution Map (GCDM) feature.
When you want to take your career to the next level and continue to grow as a researcher, Impactio has all the tools to support your objective.