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What to expect in the Jackson group

To help prospective students select an advisor for their PhD, and to offer a template for other academicians who may wish to customize the document to suit their own needs, I'm providing a Word version of a "Guide for Graduate Researchers: What to Expect in the Research Group of Glen P. Jackson." I'm also providing a similar document for Undergraduate Researchers. The document works like a contract to help clarify the roles and responsibilities of a student and a PI during graduate school.

Regarding other expectations in academia--such as publishing, presentations, selecting a mentor, and career development in general--the documents below will hopefully be useful. The sections on writing and presenting are geared towards students who are in the process of writing manuscripts or preparing to give a scientific presentation. I am a strong proponent of visual cues (pictures) in presentations rather than textual cues (words).

Scientific writing (in approximate order of digestibility)

Tips for Effective Scientific Writing, G. P. Jackson, WVU, 2021. This two-page document is designed to be kept on-hand for easy reference.

Whitesides' Group: Writing a Paper, G. M. Whitesides, Adv. Mater., 2004, 16(15), 1375-1377. Also an easy two-page document to keep on-hand for easy reference.

What is Concise Writing, and Why Does it Matter?, M. Khanna, on, 2019.

How to Prepare a Manuscript Fit for Purpose for Submission and Avoid Getting a ‘Desk-Reject,’ D. A. Volmer and C. S. Stokes, Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 2016, 30, 2573–2576.

Effective Response to Peer Review, Adam T. Woolley, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 2018, 410:2863–2864.

Writing Science: What Makes Scientific Writing Hard and How to Make it Easier, K. E. Grogan, Bull. Ecol. Soc. Am., 2020, e0180. Link to Wiley

Writing a Scientific Paper: From Clutter to Clarity , G. S. Patience, D. C. Boffito, P. A. Patience, Elsevier Press, New York, NY, 2014 .

ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication, G. M. Banik, G. Baysinger, P. V. Kamat & N. J. Pienta, 2021.

Writing a Scientific Paper: I. Titles and Abstracts, P. A. Thrower, Carbon, 2007, 45(11), 2143-2144. Link to Elsevier

Writing a Scientific Paper: II. Introduction and References, P. A. Thrower, Carbon, 2008, 46(2), 183-184. Link to Elsevier

Writing a Scientific Paper: III. Experimental, P. A. Thrower, Carbon, 2008, 46(8), 1113-1114. Link to Elsevier

Writing a Scientific Paper: IV. Results and Discussion, P. A. Thrower, Carbon, 2010, 48(10), 2675-2676. Link to Elsevier

Writing a Scientific Paper: V. Language, P. A. Thrower, Carbon, 2011, 49(15), 4957-60. Link to Elsevier. Some of the terms are specific to nanoscience, but most of the article is still relevant to all scientific writing.

Elements of Style for Writing Journal Articles, S. M. Griffies, W. A. Perrie, G. Hull, Publishing Connect, Elsevier Press, New York, NY, 2013.

Elements of Style, W. Strunk, Jr., E. B. White, Turtleback; 4th edition, 1999.

Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) for scholarly outputs. Link to Elsevier

Elsevier's "Authors' Update " provides a wide range of short, helpful articles related to effective writing, editing and presenting.

Scientific reading

Ten simple rules for reading a scientific paper, M. A. Carey, K. L. Steiner, W. A. Petri Jr, PLoS Comp. Biol., 2020,16(7) e1008032. Open access

Ten simple rules for developing good reading habits during graduate school and beyond , M. Mendez, PLoS Comp. Biol., 2018,14(10), e1006467 . Open access

Audiovisual presentations

Bad Presentation Skills (PPT with links) G. P. Jackson, WVU, 2018.

How Visual Abstracts Can Help You Get Noticed, Christopher Tancock, Elsevier, April 19, 2021.

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, 2nd Ed., G. Reynolds, New Riders Press, Berkeley, CA, 2012.

Combating Speaking Disfluencies; Speaking Tips for Presenting a Poster, Lisa B. Marshall, 2009. Link to ACS

Anatomy of an ACS Poster, retrieved from inChemistry , 2018.

Other helpful documents related to academic success

Career resources at the RSC. Non-members are allowed access to two free stories.

The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research, M. A. Schwartz, J. Cell Sci., 2008, 121(11), 1771. Link to Publisher

How to Stay Motivated as a Researcher, Dinsa Sachen, Chemistry World, 202219(12), 53.
Link to RSC

Sister in Science (Networks for female chemists), Rachel Brazil, Chemistry World, 2022, 19(12), 54-55. Link to RSC.

Being Outspoken About your Accomplishments isn't Selfish; It's Smart, Jen Heemstra, C&EN News, Jan 13, 2020. Link to ACS

The PhD Journey: How to Choose a Good Supervisor, Matthew Killeya, New Scientist , 2018. View at

Choose your Advisor Wisely, Akshata Naik, Science, 2020, 659(6506) 1026. View at AAAS

What Matters in a PhD Advisor, Katie Langin, Science, 2019. View at AAAS

Managing Up: How to Communicate Effectively with your PhD Adviser, Lluís Saló-Salgado et al., Nature, Dec, 2021. View at Nature

Choosing a Thesis Advisor: Choose Wisely and Avoid Years of Tears in Graduate School, J. Casiano, Rutgers University, 2016. View at

Please feel free to suggest additional articles for me to share.