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A Guide to the Scientific Career. Virtues, Communication, Research and Academic Writing

  • ID: 4576693
  • Book
  • January 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 744 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A concise, easy–to–read source of essential tips and skills for writing research papers and career management

In order to be truly successful in the biomedical professions, one must have excellent communication skills and networking abilities. Of equal importance is the possession of sufficient clinical knowledge, as well as a proficiency in conducting research and writing scientific papers. This unique and important book provides medical students and residents with the most commonly encountered topics in the academic and professional lifestyle, teaching them all of the practical nuances that are often only learned through experience. 

Written by a team of experienced professionals to help guide younger researchers, A Guide to the Scientific Career: Virtues, Communication, Research and Academic Writing features ten sections composed of seventy–four chapters that cover: qualities of research scientists; career satisfaction and its determinants; publishing in academic medicine; assessing a researcher s scientific productivity and scholarly impact; manners in academics; communication skills; essence of collaborative research; dealing with manipulative people; writing and scientific misconduct: ethical and legal aspects; plagiarism; research regulations, proposals, grants, and practice; publication and resources; tips on writing every type of paper and report; and much more.

  • An easy–to–read source of essential tips and skills for scientific research
  • Emphasizes good communication skills, sound clinical judgment, knowledge of research methodology, and good writing skills
  • Offers comprehensive guidelines that address every aspect of the medical student/resident academic and professional lifestyle
  • Combines elements of a career–management guide and publication guide in one comprehensive reference source
  • Includes selected personal stories by great researchers, fascinating writers, inspiring mentors, and extraordinary clinicians/scientists

A Guide to the Scientific Career: Virtues, Communication, Research and Academic Writing is an excellent interdisciplinary text that will appeal to all medical students and scientists who seek to improve their writing and communication skills in order to make the most of their chosen career.

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Foreword (by W. Jerry Oakes)

Preface (by Mohammadali M. Shoja, Anastasia Arynchyna, R. Shane Tubbs)


Section I: Successful career

- Defining the success
- Principles of success in academia: creativity, dedication, diligence, knowledge and approachability
(Authors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs)
- Why to write and publish in academia: Does it translate into a successful career?
(Author: Bradley K. Weiner)
- A good researcher is a good academic writer (Author: Shane Tubbs)
- How to start in academic research and medical writing and how to master the art: Read, learn and practice (Author: Mohammadali M. Shoja)
- Beginner's anxiety: How it may affect your career and ways to get over it (Author:)
- The mentor–student relationship and value of an inspiring mentor (Author: Jeffrey Blount)
- Academic manners (Author: R. Shane Tubbs)
- A scientific and critical mind
- 10.  Creativity and novel hypotheses (Author: Anthony V. D'Antoni)
- Approachability: manifestations, how it may affect your academic career and the way to be more
approachable (Author: Scott Ginsberg)
- Responsiveness, accountability and dependability
- Emotional intelligence: its role in your professional and academic careers (Author: Rachel Russell)
- How to do deal with a manipulative person (Author: George Simon)
- Professional and academic networking (Author: Allenoush Hayrapetian)
- Time management and prioritization (Author: Lisa Hill)
- Confidence and its impact on your aspiring career (Author: Betsy Hopson)
- Personal branding
- Science is hot! (Author: Sivakumar Gowder)
- Career satisfaction and its determinants (Author: Nihal Apaydin)
- Essence of the collaborative research: leadership and engaging others, cooperativeness and getting engaged

Section II: Good paper

22.  Writing for your audience
23.  Writing a good paper: simplicity, focus, correct grammar/punctuation, and appropriate style and structure (Author: Jane Millward–Sadler)
24.  Practical tips for good writing (Author: Mark Henderson)
25.  A right title
26.  A good abstract
27.  Use of illustrations and figures to enhance your presentations and papers (Author: Marion Karl)
28.  The art of organizing your content
29.  Economy of writing: how to write technical content
30.  Resources and databases: how to access them (Author: Koichi Watanabe)
31.  Deciphering the quality and validity of your resources
32.  Referencing software

Section III: Ethical topics

33.  Academic integrity (Author: Mohammadali M. Shoja)
34.  Honesty and truth in academic medical writing (Author: Thomas F. Lüscher)
35.  Writing and scientific misconduct: ethical and legal aspects (Author: Marcoen Cabbolet)
36.  How to deal with scientific fraud: Personal responsibilities (Author: Bradley K. Weiner)
37.  Plagiarism: how to avoid it (Author: Izet Masic)
38.  Gender disparity in the medical research (Authors: Jean Anderson Eloy, Peter Svider)

Section IV: Business related topics

39.  Conflict of interest: A simple explanation (Author: Bradley K. Weiner)
40.  Why is it important to disclose sources of financial support? (Author: Caroline Watson)
41.  Essentials of grant application and proposal writing

Section V: Content review

42.  Institutional review board: general regulations, institutional obligations and personal responsibility (Author: Anastasia Arynchyna)
43.  Peer–reviewing (Author: Christoph J. Griessenauer)
44.  Dealing with reviewers and peer–review comments (Author: Mohammadali M. Shoja)
45.  Causes of manuscript rejection and how to handle a rejected manuscript

Section VI: Statistical analysis

46.  Statistical analysis of data: Who should do it? (Authors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs)
47.  Basic statistical analysis: What are Statistics and why are they important? (Author:)
48.  Meta–analysis (Author: Anthony V. D Antoni, Loretta Cacace)
49.  Missing values: how to deal appropriately with them (Authors: Mohammadali M. Shoja, R. Shane Tubbs)

Section VII: Publication

50.  Authorship (Author: Stephen W. Carmichael)
51.  Types of article (Authors: Iraj Derakhshan)
52.  Commissioned versus non–commissioned articles
53.  Copyright (Author: E. Ralee Bishop)
54.  Open–access publication (Author: Jeffrey Beall)
55.  Biomedical journals: scientific quality, reputation and impact factor (Author: Andrew Plume)
56.  How to find a suitable journal for your manuscript (Author: Stephen W. Carmichael)
57.  A publisher s perspective
58.  Curriculum vitae writing guide

Part II: Good research

59.  My first retrospective study – a roadmap with a 10–point plan for a basic retrospective study (Author: Philipp Hendrix)
60.  Clinical research methods and designs
61.  Clinical trials
62.  Animal (experimental) studies


Section VIII: Reviews of literature

63.  Why literature reviews are important (Author: Mohammadali M. Shoja)
64.  How to identify a timely and relevant topic for a literature review
65.  A guideline for conducting the systematic review: what is it and how does it differ from a conventional literature review? (Author:)
66.  The structure of a literature review

Section IX: Original research articles

67.  Structure of original research articles
68.  Write an effective discussion for a research article
69.  Discussing study limitations in a research article

Section X: Case reports

70.  Clinicians are rich sources for unique medical or surgical cases (Author: Jane Millward–Sadler)
71.  Ethical considerations: Patients and institutions (Author: Jane Millward–Sadler)
72.  Structure of a clinical case report (Author: Jane Millward–Sadler)
73.  Where to publish a case report (Author: Jane Millward–Sadler)

Section XI: Historical articles

74.  Why is the history of medicine and biology important? (Author: Paul S. Agutter)
75.  Types of historical articles (Author: Anand N. Bosmia, Mohammadali M. Shoja)
76.  A simple guideline for writing historical articles (Author: Anand N. Bosmia, Mohammadali M. Shoja)
77.  Where to submit a historical article (Author: Anand N. Bosmia, Mohammadali M. Shoja)

Section XII: Short communications or brief reports

78.  How does a short communication or brief report differ from an original research article?

Section XIII: Editorials

79.  What is an editorial? (Author:)
80.  Who can write an editorial? (Author:)
81.  Contents of a typical editorial (Author:)

Section XIV: Letters to the editor

82.  Different types of letters to the editor
83.  Content of a letter to the editor

Section XV: Clinical management guidelines

84.  What is a clinical guideline and why is it significant? (Authors: John R.W. Kestle, Vijay Ravindra, Jay Riva–Cambrin)
85.  How to initiate and standardize a clinical guideline? (Authors: John R.W. Kestle, Vijay Ravindra, Jay Riva–Cambrin)
86.  Structure and content of a clinical guideline (Authors: John R.W. Kestle, Vijay Ravindra, Jay Riva–Cambrin)


Section XVI: Selected personal stories: great researchers, fascinating writers, inspiring mentors and extraordinary clinicians/scientists

Edzard W. Ernst (Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Complementary Medicine, Plymouth, United Kingdom): Edzard.Ernst@pms.ac.uk

Robert F. Spetzler

James I. Ausman (UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, United States)

Edward R. Laws (Harvard University, Department of Neurosurgery, Cambridge, United States)

Michael L.J. Apuzzo (USC School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery, Los Angeles, United States)

Albert F. Hofman (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Epidemiology, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Keizo Sugimachi (Kyushu University, Department of Surgery and Science, Fukuoka, Japan)

Robert M. Califf (Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Durham, United States) 

Nancy E. Mealy (Prous Science, Barcelona, Spain)
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Mohammadali M. Shoja
R. Shane Tubbs
Anastasia Arynchyna
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