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This collection features helpful posts on a wide range of topics, from academic writing and reviewing to data visualisation and statistical analysis.

Recent posts

#DevBiolWriteClub, Post #3

Posted by , on 22 December 2020

John Wallingford returns for another Developmental Biology Write Club – this time featuring his favourite books about writing
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How to… Graphical Abstract

Posted by , on 27 October 2020

Helena Jambor shares her tips for how to create a captivating and coherent visual abstract

#DevBiolWriteClub on the Node, Post #2:

Posted by , on 18 October 2020

For other posts in this series click here In my first post a few months back, I talked about the need for working scientists to create new habits of mind …

Converting spreadsheets to tidy data – Part 2

Posted by , on 29 September 2020

The superplot was recently proposed as a data visualization strategy that improves the communication of experimental results (Lord et al, 2020). To simplify the visualization of data with a superplot, …

‘Another look’ at peer review: reviewing review articles

Posted by , on 25 September 2020

If this post causes a sense of déjà vu, it might be because you’ve read our recent articles: An Introduction to Writing Review Articles and Getting involved in peer review. …

Getting involved in peer review

Posted by , on 19 May 2020

In pre-COVID19 times, back when conferences happened largely in person, early-career researchers (ECRs) often asked me how they could get more direct invitations to be a reviewer. Peer review is …

How to make colour blind friendly palettes, from regular contributor Jochim Goedhart.

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Updated on 16 March 2021