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16 years of Open Access publishing: our OA journey

There has been a profound change in the scholarly communication landscape over the past two decades, with a profusion of new publishing and subscription models from commercial and not-for-profit publishers. The increasing importance of Open Access (OA) – making research immediately and freely available to all – has presented challenges as well as opportunities to libraries, funding organisations, publishers and authors alike.

Behind the scenes of Development Meeting 2020: From Stem Cells to Human Development

The Company of Biologists is well known for its Meetings and Workshops, which gather biologists from around the world to share, learn and collaborate. When COVID-19 hit, the Events Team knew they would have to start planning virtual events. So what was it like to reconfigure a highly anticipated Meeting into a virtual format?

The Company of Biologists commits to the Transformative Journal approach

The Company of Biologists is the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to this approach.

Supporting communities at The Company of Biologists

Throughout all fields of biology there are vibrant, active and engaged communities. Social media, email, video chat and webinars mix with personal interactions as the basis of collaborations.

Developing a scientific research question

When writing a research manuscript, a fundamental step is to figure out the question. Many journals won’t accept a purely descriptive manuscript, which is why it’s so important to address a non-trivial scientific question or hypothesis.

Five tips to make the most of a virtual meeting

After the success of our Development Virtual Meeting 2020, ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’, we’ve been thinking about how to get the most out of a virtual meeting.

Our Editors have attended a lot of virtual events over the last few months, and between them have a lot of useful advice. So, here are our five top tips for attending a virtual meeting.

A time of turmoil for young scientists

Over the last few months, we’ve heard about lab shutdowns, cancelled fieldtrips and virtual PhD defences, but what about the students caught in the middle? With worldwide freezing hires in academia and funding uncertainty, it’s a time of great turmoil for our young scientists.

A day in the life of a returning spider lab

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University, UK, uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve. Back in 2016, two PhD students in Alistair’s lab shared a day in the life of a spider lab.

Four years and one pandemic later, we caught up with Alistair to find out how his lab has responded to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

When fieldwork meets a global pandemic

 

“Eventually food transport was going to be stopped, so the field team were airlifted back to Cayenne.”

That was how lockdown started for members of Lauren O’Connell’s lab. Lauren is Assistant Professor of Biology at Stanford University, USA, and her lab studies how genetic and environmental factors contribute to biological diversity and adaptation.

How to promote your research

Publishing your paper is just the start of communicating your research to the world. Some researchers feel uneasy about self-promotion, but chances are your existing network is interested in what you’re doing – you just need to tell them! Sharing your work is useful and professional. Follow our 10 tips to get started.

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