The complete ‘how to’ guide for young researchers (so far)

It seems that recently some of my various ‘how to’ posts have been found by various search engines and readers and since I don’t have much to write about today and that these are, I think, some of the most important and beast things I have written, it seemed a pertinent time to resurrect them under a single banner for any more recent followers who have yet to0 find them. For those who have missed out, I wrote an extended series of posts covering all the basic skills of research such as writing and reviewing papers, giving talks, editing work and so on. These I hope have been and will continue to be of use to students and young graduates trying to break into science or generally improve their skills during their education, so here I have bundled them all up into one single slot to make it more accessible and easier to link to as well as hopefully bring this to the attention of new Musings readers.

Basic advice to young researchers

How to complete a PhD

How to get hold of papers

How to write a paper (and get it published)

How to contribute to a paper

How to review a paper

How to edit a volume of papers

How to write a conference abstract

Things to do at a meeting

How to give a talk

How to make a scientific poster

How to arrange a meeting

A ‘how to’ summary (contains various updates and links to other sites)

And finally don’t forget the ‘science basics‘ section on here which contains all of these and more.

Do make use of these and feel free to pass them on to your colleagues / friends / students and do add comments to help keep them thorough and up-to-date. The feedback I have had on these has been very good, so I’m happy to be confident that they are doing some good.

7 Responses to “The complete ‘how to’ guide for young researchers (so far)”


  1. 1 zinjanthropus 05/10/2009 at 7:11 am

    This is such a great compilation! I’ve sent a link to all of my buddies!

  2. 3 Gas 25/12/2010 at 3:04 pm

    I am a 5th year medical student. Iam doing a simple research as part of my degree programme. I know nothing about research especially how to get research proposal (topic). I will be grateful if you assist me with a website or online textbook or any other material which may be of help.
    Looking forward to your reply.

    • 4 David Hone 26/12/2010 at 9:19 am

      Sorry this is all just things I have picked up through experience. There’s nothing obvious I can really suggest as a place to go looking. Though as you are a medical student, you really should go and ask your professors as they are on hand to help you, this is part of their job and duty. Good luck.

      • 5 nclairoux 20/01/2012 at 2:17 pm

        And you may ask a reference librarian at your library to assist you with your search strategy; your library website probably has subject guides as well ;)


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