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Technical glossaries


By Research Cooperative, 2020-09-19

Even specialists have difficulty learning and remembering all the specific technical terms used in their field.  Oxford University Press and other publishers in the past published many discipline-specific dictionaries and glossaries. Now we can find open-access technical glossaries online. Here are some good examples.

Biology terms

Biology Dictionary , USA

Botanical terms

Florabase glossary, Western Australia

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Teaching resources


By Research Cooperative, 2020-07-09

This year, 2020, may be the year that online teaching "comes of age", as a matter of necessity following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in 2019 (agent of the COVID19 disease).

This means many teachers are busy compiling new course materials for online distribution. Here I will add a few links that may be useful. I won't attempt to be comprehensive, nor will I review each item.

Please join our " science communication " group to tell others about any online teaching resources (and methods) that you find useful.

General

UNESCO - distance learning solutions (links for all education levels).

Biology

University of California at Berkeley - Welcome to Evolution 101

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Academic funding sources


By Research Cooperative, 2020-06-27

A research job are one thing, a grant is another -- or maybe not?

Navigating the the world of research funding is one of the job skills that most researchers need. Employers often explicitly look at fund-raising ability and history when seeking new staff.

Here is a possible starting point for the study of grants and funding (more will be added as time permits):

Grantome

https://grantome.com/blog

"The mission of Grantome is to use data to drive discovery of new knowledge about scientific research grants." (Grantome website, 27th June, 2020)

Galaxy Toolshed


By Research Cooperative, 2020-04-10
Galaxy Toolshed

Tools for many different areas of biological research (genetics, ecology, medicine, and more). See:

https://toolshed.g2.bx.psu.edu/

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Online polling sites


By Research Cooperative, 2019-11-27

Recently I was asked to fill out a poll (at http://www.easypolls.net ) on my use of social networks, by a Yahoo group that is focused on Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). I mainly use ResearchGate, which put me in the "other" category in the options offered.

There are many kinds of online polling service available, and I regard them as an important part of the online ecosystem, for academia as much as they are for commercial or entertainment purposes.

Readers of this blog: Please recommend any polling services you think may be useful for research surveys or other academic purposes.

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Author-led ratings of journal quality at SciRev


By Research Cooperative, 2019-04-25

Vuong (2019) has described a site that aims to improve "the weakest link in the chain of scientific knowledge production", namely the peer review process employed by academic journals.

The site URL is https://scirev.org

Here authors can register to provide their own evaluations of scientific journals they have submitted papers to, so that an author-led rating of journal quality can emerge, based primarily on experiences by authors of the peer-review process.

I recommend reading Vuong's full article, and visiting the SciRev to make your own contribution to assessing  the journals you have had experience with.

Q.-H. Vuong (2019) SciRev: an initiative for improving peer review transparancy. European Science Editing 45(1) 20.

Learning English at BBC


By Research Cooperative, 2019-04-19

Not academic, but possibly of interest to many, is the BBC Learning English website page a

http://bbc.co.uk/learningenglish

At the top of the site, there is a language selection button.

Navigation through the courses and lessons is provided in several languages.

Tools for literature search


By Research Cooperative, 2018-04-08

The universe of academic information is constantly expanding, and services to make that information accessible are also expanding . An internet services company (Allconnect, USA) gives good basic advice on how to find reliable information sources: The Student's Internet Research Guide

Google Scholar - this has a wealth of related tools for literature research.

worldwidescience.org   - this portal is special as it can be used with many different languages .

 

Major publishers or publishing networks

Bioline International - A  "not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research (bioscience) journals published in developing countries"  (Open Access).

BioOne Complete - A  "full-text database of more than 200 leading journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences"

ScienceDirect - Search portal for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content published by Elsevier.  Find articles from over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles.

Taylor & Francis Online  - A commercial publisher in all major subject areas.  When viewing a journal page, open access content is indicated by an orange unlock icon.

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