We are getting there…

So it is this time of the year again. With Christmas and New Year right in front of us, the usual academic hectic seems not really to stop but at least to become less important to everybody. And while my dear colleagues and friends in Australia hopefully will find some rest in their summer holidays and survive the current heat over Australia, back in Europe, things are bit different for me this year. Continue reading


Spreading the Word – the Role of Repositories

After the game is before the game
(„Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel“)
Sepp Herberger

So it’s finally done? Your paper is not only submitted but also accepted and soon to be published? Congratulations, well done! But before you carry on and write the next one (or even while you are doing so), you might want to give it a second thought: while writing the paper and getting it published is one side of the coin, the other side of getting recognized and thus cited is at least as important. True, it is one more title on your list of references, but wouldn’t it be nice to see some impact as well? Continue reading

Marie Curie Fellowships for Career Development

Just a quick one today: The evaluation results for the 2012 Marie Curie International Fellowships have been online since yesterday. And while this is an intense phase of finger-crossing and mailbox checking for everybody who submitted a proposal, for those of you who are thinking about applying in the future, this might be a good time to do some planning ahead. The timeline for 2013 is already out and from 14th March 2013 there will be new guidelines and a new call. So if you are thinking about applying for one of the funding schemes, this will be the time to make yourself familiar with the call and the specific information package that you will be able to download from then on. August 14th is the strict deadline, so you’d better set the alarm, it might be worth a try! Continue reading