How often have you encountered the following situation? A manuscript comes back with two positive reviews, one negative review, and a final decision of “reject” by the editor. Or even worse, both reviewers recommend a revise-and-resubmit, but the editor rejects. Until I became a co-editor myself (disclaimer: this was only…

We are taught many discipline-specific technical skills in graduate school. But little attention is devoted to the task of how to be a productive researcher. This “meta-skill” is usually learned the hard way through trial and error or, in the best-case scenario, through others’ advice.

In my eight post-PhD years…

Given the centrality of peer review in academic publishing, it might astonish some to learn that peer review training is not a formal component of any PhD program. Academics largely learn how to do peer review by osmosis: through seeing reports written by their advisors and colleagues, through being on…

When I asked my undergraduate advisor for a recommendation letter to PhD programs, he replied, with genuine surprise, “Why do you want to get a PhD?” I was too stunned by his question to ask him to elaborate. In my mind, why wouldn’t you get a PhD? …

Tatyana Deryugina

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