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Hard truths for supposed neuroscientists

This is the truest and best thing I have read on the internet today.

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The Society for Neuroscience is launching a new Open Access journal

Jan 15 2014 Published by under Neuroscience, Open Access, Society for Neuroscience

An email from current president of the Society for Neuroscience announced the intent of the society to launch a new Open Access journal. They are seeking an Editor in Chief, so if you know any likely candidates nominate them.

The Society for Neuroscience Council has appointed a Search Committee to recommend candidates to serve as editors-in-chief for two Society-published journals:

The Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Neuroscience, to be appointed for a 5-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2015, after a period of transition with the current editor; and
The first Editor-in-Chief of a new online, open access neuroscience journal, expected to launch in late 2014, and temporarily referred to herein as “New Journal.” Please see the announcement here for more information about New Journal. This 5-year appointment will commence in the spring of 2014, to allow the new editor to be involved in decisions connected with the start-up of New Journal and the organizing of an initial editorial board.

The members of the Search Committee are: Moses Chao, Chair; Holly Cline; Barry Everitt; David Fitzpatrick; and Eve Marder.

The list of evaluation criteria may help you to think about who you should nominate.

In evaluating candidates for the editor-in-chief positions, the Search Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • previous editorial experience

  • adequate time flexibility to take on the responsibilities of editor-in-chief

  • a distinguished record of research in neuroscience

  • familiarity with online submission, peer review and manuscript tracking systems

  • ideas about novel approaches and receptivity to innovation during a time of great change in the scientific publishing field

  • service to and leadership in the neuroscience community (e.g., SfN committees)

  • evidence of good management skills and the ability to lead colleagues on an editorial board

  • for New Journal: the capacity to proactively engage on a start-up venture, and to innovate and lead in the creation of a high quality open access neuroscience journal, and guide it on a path to success

  • for The Journal of Neuroscience: the capacity to build on an established record of success, while continuing to evolve a leading journal in the field and take it to the next level

Interesting next step for the SfN. Obviously reflects some thinking that they may be left behind (even further, see diminishing reputation after the launch of Nature Neuroscience and Neuron) in the glorious New World Order of Open Access publication. Might just be a recognition that Open Access fees for a new journal when all the infrastructure is already there is going to be a cash cow for the Society from the beginning.

What I will be fascinated to see is where they pitch the New Journal* in terms of impact. Are they just trying to match JNeuro? Will they deliberately go a little lower down the feeding chain to avoid undercutting the flagship journal?

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*my suggestion of Penfield must have been too esoteric a reference.....

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SFN2013: Are you attending?

Nov 05 2013 Published by under Society for Neuroscience

This is my annual no-promises request for you, my Readers, to turn the tables.

I am interested in what you all have to say, scientifically.

So, if inclined drop your presentation details here in the comments* or send me an email. Drugmnky at the google mail.

I might stop by.

Also, there will be BANTER.

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*your fellow readers may likewise be interested in your work

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SFN2013: Put NIH Row on Your Itinerary

Those of us in the neurosciences are preparing for our largest annual scientific gathering. I like to remind you to attend to a certain little task to assist with the odds of obtaining NIH grant funding. This includes a little bit of homework on your part, so block out an hour or two with your coffee cup.

Part of the process of sustained NIH funding includes the long game of developing interpersonal relationships with the Program Officers that staff the NIH ICs of interest to our individual research areas. Sure, they do turn over a bit and may jump ICs but I've had some POs involved with my proposals for essentially the entire duration of my funded career to date.

Many scientists find the schmoozing process to be uncomfortable and perhaps even distasteful.

To this I can only reply "Well, do you want to get funded or not?".

This post originally went up Nov 12, 2008. I've edited a few things for links and content.


One of the most important things you are going to do during the upcoming SfN Annual Meeting in San Diego is to stroll around NIH row. Right?

I have a few thoughts for the trainees after the jump. I did mention that this is a long game, did I not? Continue Reading »

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Up all night...

via the UCSD Neuroscience Graduate Students

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SFN 2013 funnies

Oct 22 2013 Published by under Humor, Society for Neuroscience

In case you missed it, @markgbaxter was KILLING it last night with the #SFNmemes

some of my favorites were perhaps

and

I think @neuropolarbear started it.

And there was contribution from @nickwan

Go Read.

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Poster solitude

Next time you are at your favorite scientific meeting, take a look at the trainees that are standing forlornly, uncomfortably alone at their posters. Contrast them with the young trainees that have an audience stacked three deep in a semicircle.

Do you notice any differentials in male/female, attractive/unattractive, white/black/asian/latino/etc ?

I think I shall engage in this exercise at the upcoming meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November.

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SfN 2013: The Government Shutdown Edition

As you all know, the annual meetings of the academic scientific societies are a great place to interact with the Program Staff of your most relevant NIH Institutes and Centers. The past few years of budget flatlines, some concern over junketeering in other Government agencies and most painfully the sequester has already had an impact.

It isn't only the Program Staff either. Many of you will have colleagues, as I do, that work at various federal research installations including the NIH Intramural Research programs of each IC. Their travel has been restricted as well.

The government shutdown comes at a bad time for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience which is scheduled for November 9-13, 2013.

@inbabyattachmode just alerted me to the first sign of doom.

A satellite meeting hosted by NIDA has been cancelled.

NIDA SfN Mini-Convention
Friday, November 8, 2013
CANCELED

Belt up, scientists. This ride is getting bumpy.

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SfN 2013 Approaches: Notice to shutterbugs

Sep 18 2013 Published by under Society for Neuroscience

Actually I'm just posting this because I can never find this policy on the SfN meeting site when I am looking to cite it. And I always remember seeing something like this during the registration process so, here's the policy.

First, the funny bit. You have to assent to this in order to be registered for the meeting.

Photo and Video Release

By registering for Neuroscience 2013 or its associated events, you hereby understand that you may be photographed, videotaped, or digitally recorded, as may be your voice, and hereby waive any objection, condition, limit, or right you may have to the photographs or recordings.

By registering for Neuroscience 2013 or its associated events, you hereby authorize SfN to use any such photographs, videotapes or other recordings of yourself and your guests for any promotional purposes and to license other relevant people/organizations to use them. You hereby indemnify and hold the Society harmless for any such licensed or unlicensed use.

Don't image us, we'll image you. Heh.

Moving on, the actual policy of interest regarding taking photographs of the presentations.

Photography Policy during Scientific Sessions

Photography of scientific presentations, including posters presentations, is prohibited without the specific consent of the presenter(s)/author(s). Individuals who do not comply will be asked to leave the session. In addition, the use of cameras and recording devices (to include cell phones with camera capabilities) are prohibited in the Exhibit Hall. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the annual meeting Press Room.

Personally I have yet to see someone asked to leave a slide session for taking photos, even when it is as egregious as standing up with a full-frame camera and snapping ever damn slide. So yeah. Of course, what do I know, maybe the presenters gave specific consent.

"prohibited in the Exhibit Hall". That means the poster sessions. No snapping pictures of your friends or trainees at their very first poster. Nuh-uh. Can't do it.

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Are you presenting work at SfN 2012?

Oct 11 2012 Published by under Society for Neuroscience

This is my annual no-promises request for you, my Readers, to turn the tables.

I am interested in what you all have to say, scientifically.

So, if inclined drop your presentation details here in the comments or send me an email. Drugmnky at the google mail.

I might stop by.

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