How to conduct research that gets noticed and published - a monthly seminar series for postdocs



How to conduct research that gets noticed and published - a monthly seminar series for postdocs


Publishing one’s research in a top tier journal is often the goal for both a postdoc and their PI. This accomplishment, first and foremost, requires innovative and groundbreaking research. Not to be overlooked though, are the steps and processes taken when conducting the research that eventually may lead to a high impact publication. In this monthly seminar series we will examine the research life cycle for a postdoc from research design best practices through considerations for getting a publication noticed. Throughout the series we will use the theme of publishing one’s research to delve into topics related to conducting research with integrity. The series will run from the months of April through December 2015 occurring from 12-1 PM on the third Thursday of each month at CUMC.


Series Organizers


The series is a collaborative effort between:
Rory Flinn, the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Michelle Benson, the Research Integrity Program Specialist in the Office of Research Compliance and Training
Amy Nurnberger, the Research Data Manager in the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship
Ashley Jester, the Data Services Coordinator in the Digital Social Sciences Center
Joel Roselin, the Assistant Director of Research Compliance Education in the Office of Research Compliance and Training

Learning Goals for Series:


1) Comprehension of the research life cycle for a postdoc from onset of training and experimental/research design through post-publication.
2) Application of best practices in experimental design, data collection, data management, data integrity, formatting of images for publication, and digital branding.
3) Familiarity with research integrity best practices to prevent research misconduct.
4) Understanding the roles and responsibilities for a postdoc, particularly around being mentored and authorship.



Anticipated Learning Outcomes for Series:


Postdocs that attend the sessions of this series will be able to…

1) Recognize when conflicts of interest could arise and understand how to manage or avoid these conflicts
2) Identify approaches to being mentored that will lead to greater productivity and satisfaction
3) Explain the roles and responsibilities for postdocs as they relate to ownership of data, intellectual property, and authorship
4) Create a data management plan that will improve time management and prevent loss of data integrity
5) List available library resources to aid in experimental design and data analysis
6) Summarize several strategies that could be utilized to collect clean data
7) Discriminate between insufficient and successful practices to maintain research and data integrity
8) Connect intellectual property considerations with presenting and publishing one's research
9) Describe acceptable approaches to formatting images for publication
10) Discuss considerations for digital branding and distributing research publications
11) Describe the manuscript editorial and publishing processes from receipt of a manuscript by an editor through the peer review process


Session Topics, Dates, and Room Locations:


1) Roles and responsibilities for Postdocs and best approaches to being mentored and devising an authorship strategy; April 16th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room LL209A/B - Joel Roselin
2) Effective research management through data management planning; May 21st, 12-1 PM, Russ Berrie Medical Pavilion, room 2 - Amy Nurnberger
3) Clean data collection and resources available from the libraries; June 18th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room LL108A/B - Ashley Jester
4) Managing/avoiding conflicts of interest and research misconduct; July 16th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room LL208A/B - Joel Roselin
5) Research and data integrity; August 20th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room 401- Michelle Benson and Amy Nurnberger
6) Intellectual Property and Patents, September 24th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room LL209A/B - Please note that this session will occur on the 4th Thursday of this month and will be led by Jeffrey Sears, a patent attorney with the General Counsel's Office at Columbia University
7) Formatting images for publication; October 15th 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room 305- Michelle Benson and Rory Flinn
8) Manuscript submission and peer review - an editor’s perspective; November 11th, 3-4:30 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, Room 301 - Session will occur on a Wednesday, and will be led by Paul Andrea Genest, a publisher with Elsevier Publishing. Session will also be open to PhD students as well as Postdocs.
9) Digital branding - getting your research out there after publication and relevant concerns; December 10th, 12-1 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Building, room 312 - Please note that this session will occur on the 2nd Thursday of this month - Amy Nurnberger