Make your voice heard on the future of publishing in biology #ASAPBio

A very active discussion of interest to many members of the Future of Research community is how to shape the future of publishing in science. The #ASAPBio meeting, discussing ways to incentivize the use of pre-prints in biology research, is coming up at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the next 2 weeks. The meeting is being co-organized by Jessica Polka from Future of Research, and Gary McDowell will be in attendance as a representative. See the announcement below to see how to make your views known, get involved, and follow along! Share your ideas on accelerating scientific publishing with ASAPbio ASAPbio is a meeting that aims to accelerate the pace of research in biology by removing barriers to the use of preprints (versions of scientific manuscripts posted online at a validated server prior to peer review and journal publication). Preprints allow scientific findings to be posted  immediately in a format freely accessible to anyone in the world. They can help scientists get productive feedback on their work and also could serve as interim evidence for productivity. While preprints have been a key aspect of the physics community for  decades, they are not widely used in biology because 1) they are not compatible with the policies of some journals, 2) they are not officially acknowledged by many funding agencies, and 3) there is uncertainty regarding whether a preprint will be respected  as a legitimate form of communication in the biology community. The meeting will bring roughly 70 leaders from funding agencies, journals, scientific societies, and the biology community to HHMI Headquarters on February 16th and 17th to discuss concrete immediate steps and areas of...

Future of Research activists named People of the Year by Science Careers

Every year Science Careers magazine names a Person of the Year in recognition of their contribution to early career researchers. Previous winners include Shirley Tilghman, Michael Teitelbaum and Paula Stephan.   Science Careers has honored the activists and organizers of the Future of Research meetings in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago as its People of the Year for 2015.   Moving into 2016, the organization is going to grow and expand, we are excited and incredibly grateful for this honor and hope to live up to expectations going forward, and growing the movement. If you aren’t already involved or aware of our work, or want to set up your own local meeting, please get in touch info[at]futureofresearch.org and explore the website!...

Winners of #FORBOS15/ASBMB Hack Day announced!

The winning entries from the Future of Research Boston 2015 Hack Day held with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have been announced! Read here in this ASBMB blogpost. Congratulations to the winning teams from Washington University in St Louis, MO and from minoritypostdoc.org!...

Future of Research features in blogpost about NatureJobs Career Expo

A blogpost about the “Future of Research: How Can We Improve Career Awareness and Preparedness?” session recently appeared in the NatureJobs blog post “Future of Research: Career Awareness”. FoR gave the workshop at the NatureJobs Career Expo in Boston, May 2015. In a similar manner to the Future of Research symposium, data was gathered to be written up and redistributed to everyone. You can look at the results which have now been published here in the Winnower, and you can also comment on the results below the article. The raw data is also available in the Supplementary Materials....

Shirts for scientific riffraff

“Biomedical research is a huge enterprise now; it attracts riff-raff who never would have survived as scientists in the 1960s and 1970s. There is no doubt that highly capable scientists currently participate in the grant-review process. Likewise, unfortunately, study sections are undoubtedly contaminated by riff-raff.” – Steve McKnight, ASBMB President’s Message Identify yourself as scientific riffraff while helping early career researchers join discussions about the future of the scientific enterprise! Proceeds from these shirts will go toward operating costs of our 2015 Boston Future of Research symposium. These shirts are available in three styles: colorful unisex ringspun cotton and men’s and women’s premium American Apparel tri-blend, for the more discerning riffraff among us. All shirts should ship in time for you to wear them to the summer study section you’re contaminating! ORDER NOW!...