This week an introduction to a blog that I access on a regular basis and follow on Twitter, The Research Whisperer.
A few weeks ago in Wed. Explore I wrote about The Thesis Whisperer and the Research Whisperer describes itself as being, like the Thesis Whisperer – but with more money. The blog is focused on doing research in academia with the aim of stimulating conversations via opinionated, constructive and exploratory posts. It is managed by Jonathan O’Donnell (@jod999) and Tseen Khoo (@tseenster) but posts are contributed by many guest bloggers bringing a range of perspectives to the content.
The posts are organised under the headings of:
- research culture
- being strategic
- applying for funding
- building your track record
- top fives
- research communication
- research office people
To give you a taster of what is waiting to be discovered posts which may be of interest to the health research community include:
- Are my publications any good? exploring what is a good measure of your research performance
- I’m not worthy. Imposter syndrome in academia explores the feeling that many researchers at all stages of their career have that at some point they will be found out as being a fraud.
- How do you find researchers who want to collaborate is one of a number of posts exploring different aspects of finding and working with collaborators.
- How to make a simple research-budget providing five steps to help in preparing a budget for a research project.
- There’s a conference I want to go to provides suggestions for obtaining funding to attend conferences
- Deadlines Schmeadlines with some suggestions of ways to overcome procrastination
- How to chair. Whilst most of us are given training in presentation skills the skill of chairing a conference session is often neglected. This post explores some of your key responsibilities if you should find yourself in the position of chairing a session and need some guidance on what to do.
- Networking and other academic hobbies explores the importance of networking and its challenges.
In the sidebar the blog also provides links to other research culture blogs/websites which you may wish to explore
As always if you have discovered a resource which you think other health researchers might find helpful why not share it in the comments section below.