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Peer Review Week 2016: reviews in the open

This week (19th – 25th Sept 2016) is Peer Review Week, and the focus is on recognition for those who carry it out. The event means that some of my favourite blogs like the Scholarly Kitchen and publisher organisations like ALPSP or publishers themselves are all talking about ways that we could improve peer review, often engaging with […]

Peer Review Week 2016: reviews in the open

Am I a PhD ECR? What is an Early Career Researcher?

We try to be an inclusive bunch at Piirus, recognising that researchers come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention countries and disciplines. The variety of the research community is what makes it so wonderful, and is one of the reasons why collaboration can create such unique opportunities for us all.

But what about those who don’t always feel qualified to call themselves researchers? I am talking about those of us who are currently still learning the ropes whilst doggedly moving through the PhD process. We are know by many names – PhD Students, PhD Candidates, Doctoral Researchers, and sometimes just plain old PhDs. But at what point does a PhD become and ECR*? And with so much content out there aimed at the generic researcher, how do we know what is relevent to us?

That is one big question for a humble blog post, but what we can do is explore the different meanings and understandings of the term Early Career Researcher (ECR) […]

Am I a PhD ECR? What is an Early Career Researcher?

On small goodnesses

A few Sundays ago, I spent the afternoon with a colleague making felt animals to match the story ‘Dear Zoo’. All of this was done on a steep learning curve – I am deeply uncrafty with a knowledge of children’s literature bound to feminist deconstructions of fairytales and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But my friend […]

On small goodnesses

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