Did you hear about the CURFs guide to support VU researchers?

December 5, 2013 at 2:07 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

To support researchers, Victoria University Library has created a new guide to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) and other microdata.

The LibGuide CURFs and Other Sources of Data & Statistics’  includes:

  • a definition of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
  • the application process for CURFs
  • a link to the Microdata webpages of the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • access to Census data
  • other sources of research data and statistics

The existing LibGuide Statistical and Mathematical Software, which draws together information sources on statistical analysis software such as SPSS & NVivo, has also been updated to include the information as listed above.



October 31, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

How do you get involved?

  1. Set some out of this world writing goals – papers, ethics applications, thesis chapters, book chapters… you name it!
  2. Commit to blocking out time to meet them
  3. Share them with the AcWriMo community so that you have accountability and people to encourage you
  4. Get writing and have the most productive month you’ve ever had!

There are hundreds of academics on twitter using #AcWriMo…. So join in!

You can find out more information here: http://www.phd2published.com/2013/10/09/announcing-acwrimo-2013/

And you can log your goals here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=tVBu5ErmQ5lqly5KIFK-1sw#gid=11


Join in and get productive!

As part of AcWriMo, the VU ECR committee will be holding 2 two-hour writing sessions at FP – Tuesday November 12th at 10am and Thursday November 21st at 10am. Put them in your diary and we’ll send out the room numbers soon!

Hoaxsters submitted dummy papers – weakness in the peer-review process!

September 26, 2013 at 9:22 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

The paper, published in the Elsevier journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), is not the kind of prank that journals have encountered before, in which hoaxsters have submitted dummy papers to highlight weaknesses in the peer-review process. The paper’s reported findings — that overexpression of two novel proteins in fat cells leads to improvements in metabolic processes related to diabetes and obesity in mice — are, in fact, true.

Too true, in the opinion of Bruce Spiegelman, a cell biologist at Harvard Medical School’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He says that he has presented similar findings at about six research meetings, and is preparing to submit them to a journal. He suspects that the BBRC paper was intended as a spoiler of his own lab’s work.

Click here to read more.

Postdoc Plan B – The elephant in the lab!

September 13, 2013 at 2:26 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

Wonder if the fellow ECRs are going through the same scenarios as you? Click here for an interesting article by a fellow ECR Kathryn Lougheed on the difficult career choices facing postdoctoral scientists.

Are you on twitter? Do you know about #ECRchat?

September 3, 2013 at 10:30 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

#ECRchat is a global fortnightly discussion for the early career researcher community via Twitter. The chat is intended mainly for the discussion of post-PhD career issues and they welcome anyone who is interested, who has questions, or who has advice to share. The PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty can all benefit from the advice and resources collected here. #ECRchat is also open to hear advice and questions from those who have left (or are considering leaving) academia, and from senior faculty, including those who advise PhD students and other ECRs.

Check out their blog here and learn more!

Interesting read about politics of publishing!

June 24, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In this article the author expresses his views on open access and scientific publishing. “Despite being a member of staff at one of Europe’s largest universities, I don’t have access to a journal in which my own work is published!” “But it is important to pause the bureaucratic debate about open access and recognise how stupid scientific publishing is!”

For full article click here.

Have your say at the VU Early-Mid Career Researcher Forum!

June 19, 2013 at 6:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Are you a VU staff member up to 10 years post-PhD?

Active (or aspiring to be active) in research?

What obstacles have you or are you facing? What would help overcome them?

The VU ECR group are running this forum to identify roadblocks that stop our researchers from reaching their full potential and workshop ideas that may help remove them. The outcome will then be reported back to the PVC, Research & Research Training and the Director, Office for Research. Come have your say!!

Click on VU ECR & MCR Forum for more details!


June 19, 2013 at 6:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The VU Office for Research will host the following workshop: ARC – Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA Scheme)

Guest Speaker:  Dr Matthew Klugman – 2013 DECRA Receipient

Dr Matthew Klugman researches and teaches in the history of sport. His research interests include those who love and hate sport, and the intersections of sport, passions, bodies, gender, sexuality, religion, migration and race. In 2012 Matthew was the inaugural Research Fellow of the National Sports Museum where he worked on a 2013 exhibition and book (with Dr Gary Osmond, University of Queensland) to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Indigenous AFL player Nicky Winmar responding to racial abuse by lifting his jumper and pointing with pride to his skin. Matthew recently received an Australian Research Council DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) Fellowship for 2013-15 which examines the sports mania that developed in Melbourne, Manchester and Boston from the mid-1800s.

 Date:               Wednesday, 17 July, 2013

 Time:               10.00 am – 12.00 noon

 Venue:             Building C, Level 4, Room C410, Footscray Park Campus

 There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.

 RSVP:             Friday, 12 July, 2013 (session limited to 30 places)

 If you have any queries regarding the workshop, please contact 

Ms Palmina Fichera (Palmina.Fichera@vu.edu.au)


You have to be in it to win it!! Scopus Young Researcher Awards

May 14, 2013 at 9:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Australasian researchers are well known internationally for their achievements and dedicated contributions to various fields of research. To honour these achievements ARMS and Elsevier are bringing to you the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards for 2013. 

The Awards for 2013 will be presented with the following categories:

Sub categories guide, click here (this list only serve as a guide) 

1. Humanities and Social Sciences 
2. Physical Sciences
3. Engineering and Technology
4. Life Sciences and Biological Sciences
5. Medicine and Medical Sciences

The awards will be presented at the Australasian Research Management Society Conference in Adelaide , Australia on Friday, 13th September 2013.                                       

Visit http://www.arms2013.org.au/ to find out more!

Did you just fall into peer-reviewing journal articles? Check out the Free Online Course on Journal Peer Review!

May 14, 2013 at 9:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group have developed a free of charge online course on journal peer review, Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review, to serve as a resource for health professionals who are serving or wish to serve as peer reviewers of the biomedical literature. Although the examples are mainly related to eyes and vision, and the speakers are mainly connected to eyes and vision research, the course is applicable and useful to health professionals from all specialties and those who participate in peer review of the biomedical literature generally. There are no prerequisites for this Workshop, but participants should have a basic knowledge of the approaches and language related to epidemiology, study design, biostatistics, and critical appraisal methods. The Workshop includes two didactic modules comprising a total of 12 lectures.

For more information or to register click here

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