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 (


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 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

Opportunity to Apply for the Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

May 9, 2013 at 1:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships Program form part of the Australian Government’s Australia Awards.

It is an internationally competitive program for:

  • Australians Citizens to undertake study, research and professional development abroad (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas)  and
  • Citizens from eligible countries to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be found here:

Submission is via an online application process and applications close Sunday 30 June 2013 at 11:59 PM AEST. The Office for Research is happy to review your final draft through the provision of a word document version of the application.

Please contact Sandy Superina if you intend to apply. All final drafts must be received by Monday 24 June.

Where to Publish workshop Friday 26th 10am at VU City campus

April 23, 2013 at 3:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Have you recently received an email inviting you to publish in a journal and been unsure about its quality? Come along to the next:

Where to Publish workshop        

This session is for early career researchers and higher degree research students interested in understanding research impact measures so you can develop strategies for where to publish.

Friday 26th April 2013

10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON

City Flinders Library, Level 15 Training Room

Presenter: Jenny Cameron

At the end of the session participants should have a better understanding of:

–  Research impact and quality measures to assist with determining where to publish

–  Using various sources to identify most appropriate journals to publish in

–  Being able to assess journal quality to avoid poor quality or ‘predatory’ publishers

–  Sources used for citation tracking

–  Copyright and authorship issues

–  Open Access publishing and the VU Institutional Repository

–  Publishing for impact

Bookings essential: Click here  

If you need to cancel your registration, log into ‘My Library’ from the Library Home page and click on ‘My Programs’ and cancel the program.

Prestigious International Awards Information Seminar

April 22, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bhanuka Wanasinghe for the Graduate Research Centre is running his annual seminar on international awards, which will be held on:

Wednesday 24 April, from 12.30pm – 2.30pm in Building P, Room P134, Footscray Park Campus

Information will be presented on three important awards available to our researchers:

1) Endeavour Awards (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas)

2) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

3) Fulbright Scholarship (USA)

While the DAADs are mainly for ECRs, there are several categories in both the Fulbright and Endeavour making these awards open to all researcher levels including ECRs.

For further information, contact the Graduate Research Centre on ext 4522 or email

Virtual seminar, webinar and annual conference by Emerging Researchers in Ageing

April 11, 2013 at 12:47 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Are you trying to get your PhD studies published, or are you a postdoc or research fellow looking for some more information about publication strategies? Click here to see the flyer with information about a virtual seminar that will be held next week. It would be great to see you there!

What: a virtual seminar on Publishing from your PhD

When: Thursday 18 April from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Footscray Park Campus, details TBA as they depend on participant numbers

How do I enrol: Click on and enrol by Monday 15 April

 Please register soon if you are interested!

Opportunity for ECRs to meet with the Australian Research Council CEO!!

March 28, 2013 at 2:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear ECRs

The Australian Early Mid Career Researcher Forum is pleased to welcome the Australian Research Council CEO Professor Aidan Byrne to meet with emerging scientists from universities and research institutes in Melbourne.

Forum Member Dr Sharath Sriram from RMIT University will lead the Q&A Session – please bring along your questions and your ideas for improving the future of Australian science.

The Forum thanks Professor Doug Hilton and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for generously hosting this event.

All early and mid career researchers are welcome. Please join us. A great opportunity not to be missed!

Friday, April 5th
12pm – 1pm

Lecture Theatre, Level 7
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
1G Royal Parade, Parkville

Discussion points include:

  • The future of Future Fellowships
  • ARC initiatives for early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs)
  • ARC policies on gender equity and mentoring
  • ARC peer review – does it work for EMCRs?


Save the date! 

The Victorian EMCR network will hold an Innovation Symposium at the Florey, Parkville on Thursday May 2nd, 9am – 4.30pm.

Early and mid career researchers from all disciplines, universities, institutes are welcome. The program will be finalised shortly and you will receive more information via this mailing list.

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