Why publishing is so important!
This year two news published in our national dailies grabbed my attention. You might have read those news too. No? It’s ok.I just digged into the internet and managed to find them again. You won’t believe it really took a long time to find them as I had no clue when those news were published and searching a Nepalese database can be panicking sometimes. Anyway, I have attached those articles below. I have removed some portion of the articles to make them short without affecting the synopsis of the article. Just, go through it. Then, I will tell you a big difference between “smart” and “non-smart” students!
Now you might have known that it’s their publication which made them so popular. That’s why publishing in top ranking journals is everyone’s dream. It gives them name and fame. It opens scientist’s avenue for further funding. This is how scientists sell their ideas. They say ‘PUBLISH or PERISH’. If you are publishing something then you are considered alive and your existence is questioned when you are not publishing anything.
That’s why publishing is important!
For students like you publishing can help you to enhance your resume. Building professional links with other researchers. Notably, it can be a deciding factor in getting admission to foreign universities. So, try to publish!
Do you guys have LinkedIn account? If not create one. And try to update all of your information on LinkedIn. Include all the publications you have. Write a good summary about yourself. Don’t make your summary too broad if you are interested in applying foreign universities. Because professors are in search of students having specific interest.
Eg. Don’t write as “I have interest in molecular breeding, entomology and issues related to climate change”
Rather be specific. “I have interest in virology, specifically virus-host relationship and vectored vaccine development.” And these days’ people have started stalking your LinkedIn profile before they hire you. So, make your LinkedIn profile better than your Facebook profile! If you have any more questions about this we can discuss!
How to explore science?
You just read two news pieces. How many of you actually thought of finding more about those news? Like where did those Nepalese scientists publish their research? Which is the title of the research? How many other scientists are involved in that research? Which tool did they use? Can we use same tool in my research in future? Like in the very first article scientists have used sequencing technology. If you become scientist at NARC later you can use this technology to patent any new cultivars you develop as a scientist. And you can make a lots of money too if you innovation is sellable. So, as an assignment I would like you guys to find out the original articles based on the information provided by the article. I don’t want to give you a hard time. If you found the articles, fine. Otherwise, I can upload the links for you later.
From next time if you read any news related to science and discovery don’t just stick to the news. Go and find real paper. That’s the difference between ‘SMART and “NON-SMART” students.
How to read scientific papers?
Thousands of papers are published every day. So, don’t read whatever you find. The paper should have capacity to make you read. Because, we don’t have time and also we have millions of other papers waiting for us.
So, first read title. Is that interesting? If yes, go ahead. Where was it published? A good journal or just cheap online journal? Don’t read if you don’t trust the journal. Then read the abstract. Find it interesting? Go ahead. If not, dump it. That’s how things go in real life.
Finding beyond the findings?
Of course all the papers will say we found this and that…… Who cares? You are just a student or an early career professional. You are in search of opportunities. So you have to try to find more about them than their findings. Try to find who is the author? Where is he from? Are there any Nepalese authors involved? Where did they get funding from? If needed note author’s email? You can email authors if you are working on the same field as they do. This is how to find a way to collaborate and move ahead.