Resources for PhD students, ECRs and PIs

Below are some of the most useful resources I've come across for researchers at any level. From how to review papers to setting up your first lab. I try to keep it updated, and of course if you've got any suggestions for useful additions do get in touch!

how to write a great abstract/summary


writing your (first) paper


Ten simple rules for structuring your paper

I came across this nice summary from Brett Mensh and Konrad Kording published in PLoS Computational Biology but is applicable to all papers. You can read the full text of the article here.


Article Peer Review

Reviewing scientific manuscripts: A comprehensive guide for peer reviewers

Some guidance from Katie Nason on what to look out for when reviewing papers, and also quite useful when thinking about writing a paper. Engaging in peer review is a great opportunity to gain insight into improving the preparation and presentation of your own papers. Full text here.


Getting the most from a conference


I came across this nice article in Science by Elizabeth Pain which is full of suggestions on how to make the most of a conference/meeting. Click here to go to the site direct.

and here are some links to Travel Grants that might help you get to some of these conferences!

General Travel Grant from the Biochemical Society

Genetics Society Junior Scientist Conference Grants

The Company of Biologists Conference Travel Grants (N.B. They also offer Travelling Fellowships for collaborative visits to another lab).


Starting a new lab


Ready for your first PI role?

This is a really nice guide from the Wellcome Trust full of tips for those following a career in research and starting their own research group.  With topics such as Choosing your research direction, Managing yourself, Leading your group and Building your reputation there's sure to be something that you may have been wondering about. Click here for the full text.