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A Guide for Early Career Researchers 2nd Edition Professor Alan M Johnson
M.A. (Hons), M.Ed.Mgmt., B.App.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.


© 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, in any form or by any means, without permission from the publisher. Enquiries concerning reproduction should be sent to thepublisher at the following address: Radarweg 29, 1043 NX, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Email: Published by Elsevier B.V. First published June 2009, second edition April 2011. Printed in The Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-817200-1-4

Foreword by Jay Katzen Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Career Planning Selecting aResearch Discipline Area Selecting a Supervisor Selecting a Mentor Research Collaboration Networking Ethics and Research Integrity Choosing Your Publication’s Style and Format Where to Publish Preparing a Grant Funding Application Collaborating with Industry and Academia Attending Conferences Society Membership Selling Your Accomplishments Curriculum Vitae Applying for Fellowships Applying for a Job orPromotion 2 4 7 11 19 25 29 35 39 43 49 61 69 75 81 85 93 97 101 106 116

References About Professor Alan Johnson


Being a researcher today is a bit of a dichotomy. On one hand, researchers now have easier and quicker access to an unprecedented amount of information from around the world, through tools such as Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus and SciVerse ScienceDirect databases.Global communications technology allows collaboration on the individual, national, and international levels like never before, which facilitates the research process as a whole from the funding stages through discovery and publication. On the other hand, they are working in the most competitive research environment ever known. Grant applications are increasing, funding opportunities are decreasing,and funding bodies are tightening the reins around their requirements and expected outcomes. The dichotomy is that researchers have better, broader, and faster access to more information and technology than at any other time in history, yet the funds necessary to tap into these resources and fulfill the full promise of research are lean and growing leaner. Early career researchers are especiallyaffected by this dichotomy. Having learned their research skills and earned their Ph.D.s in this new age, they are keenly aware of its potential. However, without the benefit of years of experience under their belt they are often at a disadvantage when applying for grants. Though they are new in the field and full of fresh perspectives, funding bodies are often hesitant to award grants to juniorresearchers without the presence of senior researchers on their teams. With more experience comes more responsibility,


which can leave veteran researchers little time, incentive, or energy to guide their novice peers. Without funding, early career researchers are at risk of reducing their productivity and contributions. Without mentoring and guidance, they may take unnecessary careerdetours. Nations, governments, industry, and academia all have a responsibility to support our early career researchers. Ultimately, we at Elsevier see our role as being a solutions provider - providing the tools that let these researchers share their knowledge with the research community, publish their works and validate their results, evaluate the work of others’, find funding and potentialcollaborators, and determine their research path as well as the impact of their work. But first and foremost, a plan for building a successful research career must be in place. Professor Johnson’s guide provides the building blocks essential to a strong foundation. Jay Katzen Managing Director, Academic & Government Markets, Elsevier


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