Top influencer on Piirus.com – Jonny Williams

At Piirus we recognise those researchers who have been influential. The more researchers who are on Piirus, the more networking and collaboration opportunities there are for the global research community. Here is our latest top influencer:

jonny williams

Jonny Williams,

Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

A post-doctoral researcher in environmental physics

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#AcWriMo. Shut up and write! By our Social Sciences Correspondent

After having described the difficulties I face when attempting to write from home, and realising that I can only spend so much time in coffee shops before (a) they ask me to leave or (b) I consume way too much caffeine and cease to be able to use a pen, I’ve been exploring how to become more productive while sitting at my office desk in the university.  The problem always seems to be one of priorities: when I’m in my office, I find it incredibly hard to prioritise writing the dreaded academic papers.  Emails constantly interrupt me, and I tend to be fretting about all the non-paper-writing tasks I should be doing.

I bought an egg timer

Image credit: Ian Barbour, Flickr Creative Commons

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Planet Piirus, 17-23 Nov 2014

As well as blogging, we tweet regularly. We often tweet about which institutions researchers joining Piirus are coming from, and the collaborations that they are seeking.
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See our collated summary of what happened on Piirus in one week, on Storify: “Planet Piirus, 17-23 Nov 2014“.
Visit Piirus to create a quick profile and see if you can make connections with others. Maybe there will be a research collaboration that is just right for you!

Storing references : tools and tips

There are lots of tools out there for collecting scholarly information sources. I used EndNote when I was at Warwick, and then I exported and then imported the bibliographic data into Mendeley, for future reference.  Zotero also has a good reputation amongst researchers I’ve met, although it seemed to me that EndNote’s Desktop version was the best at re-formatting your bibliographic data into the various styles for journal publication. So why use these tools and how do you choose which tool to use? Continue reading

#AcWriMo. Why I don’t write at home, from our Social Science correspondent

washing machine As my fellow correspondent Ian wrote for Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo on Twitter), we each appear to have our ideal place in which to write.  Personally, I feel deeply indebted to cafes around Nottinghamshire, the UK and beyond, for the completion of my doctoral thesis.  Because unlike Ian, I find it pretty much impossible to write at home – or, in fact, in my office.  I think this might be due to my love of pen and paper: I’ve tried to write straight to the computer, but somehow nothing seems to flow quite as well.  But that’s a different story…

In keeping with the style of Ian’s blog post, I present a typical day of attempting to write from home.

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Planet Piirus, 10-16 Nov 2014

As well as blogging, we tweet regularly. We often tweet about which institutions researchers joining Piirus are coming from, and the collaborations that they are seeking.
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See our collated summary of what happened on Piirus in one week, on Storify: “Planet Piirus, 10-16 Nov 2014“.
Visit Piirus to create a quick profile and see if you can make connections with others. Maybe there will be a research collaboration that is just right for you!