On the 7th and 8th of January an interesting workshop titled “Research from Start to Publish Workshop, 2019” took place at the Physical Sciences Building at Cornell University. The opening talk was given by Professor Roald Hoffmann, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981.
Hoffmann who spoke on staying abreast of the literature, publishing, reviewing, and dealing with editors. He gave his personal reflection, with practical advice, on the publication process in science, from the quality of journals, pecking orders, impact factors, to open source journals, preprint servers, blogs, access to data.
For those of you, who would like to watch the whole lecture this is the link to the video: https://www.cornell.edu/video/publishing-scientific-papers-roald-hoffmann/?utm_source=cornellcast_weekly_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5903
Aftewards, Prof. Maurine Linder, Director of Department of Molecular Medicine and Jeremy Cusker, Earth Sciences & Engineering Outreach Librarian covered a session on the ethics of scientific writing with topics including ethical responsibilities as a research author as well as measuring the 'impact' of your work once it is published. Practical case studies of the Journal Citation Reports (a product of ISI Web of Knowledge, this database provide impact factors and rankings of many journals in the social and life sciences), Eigenfactor.org (Eigenfactor is an 'alternative metric' for measuring the quality of research journals) and LibGuide: Predatory Publishers (Essentially fraudulent journals that exist more to collect author fees rather than the publish high-quality research).