How to Keep Your Research Out of Fake Journals and Scam Conferences

By Erin Zimmerman, Ph.D. “Scientific literacy must include the ability to recognize publishing fraud.” – Jeffrey Beall, Nature (2012) 489(7415):179 By the time you reach the point in your career when you're deciding which journals your work gets submitted to, you've probably at least heard the risks associated with predatory publishers. But as the scams get ever more convincing, it's important to fully educate yourself. Predatory publishers present themselves as legitimate journals, claiming to provide peer review…

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Reminder: Abstract deadline ends in 10 days

The 7th International Barcode of  Life Conference will be held from November 20 - 24, 2017 at the Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre, Skukuza, located within the heart of African wildlife at Kruger National Park, South Africa. On March 31st the abstract submission will end and because I know that we researchers like to cut it close I like to remind you to send in your's quickly. How about setting aside a couple of minutes this week…

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Things I had to learn the hard way during my first winter in Alaska

This week on Dispatches from the Field, we welcome Emily Williams, an Avian Biologist who left her warm home in Florida to work at the chilly (might be an understatement) Denali National Park and Reserve. For more about Emily, check out the end of the post! I usually scoff when I hear stereotypes or clichés that are used to generalize people that come from a certain state or region of the country. Beyond a personal…

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Explore Under the Sea, Live and Online

By Claire EamerFrom the website of the research ship, Okeanos Explorer: "From March 7 – 29, 2017, NOAA and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in the Howland and Baker Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.NOTE: ROV dives are planned, weather permitting, most days from March 8…

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Monday reads

Now back to Monday reads on a Monday. Some new studies for you to catch up.An rbcL Reference Library to Aid in the Identification of Plant Species Mixtures by DNA MetabarcodingPremise of the study: DNA metabarcoding has broad-ranging applications in ecology, aerobiology, biosecurity, and forensics. A bioinformatics pipeline has recently been published for identification using a comprehensive database of ITS2, one of the common plant DNA barcoding markers. There is, however, no corresponding database for…

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Daredevil, Graceling, and the “Disability Superpower” Trope

I recently started watching Daredevil on Netflix (yes, yes, I am once again so far behind the curve that the rest of you are lapping me). I’m only three episodes in, and while I’m enjoying the supporting characters, I’m feeling kind of uncomfortable with Daredevil himself, because he strikes me as a perfect example of the “Disability Superpower” trope. For those unfamiliar, characters that embody this trope are given superpowers that either: cancel out their disabilities,…

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