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Coming Up: #ECRchat on ‘Publishing for ECRs’, 12 June 2014

The next live chat is Thursday 12 June at 11:00-12:00 in the UK (GMT), 12:00-13:00 in Europe (CET), 20:00 in Sydney (AEST). This chat will be hosted by Dr Claire Evans (@bookworm_29).

‘Publishing’ regularly crops up in #ECRchats so I thought it might be useful to have a chat dedicated entirely to this topic.

Issues up for discussion include:

  • Publishing during or after a PhD: Advantages and disadvantages
  • The publishing process
  • How to select a journal?
  • What are editors/reviewers looking for?
  • How long does the process take?
  • What is open access and will it affect me?
  • Things you wish you knew before you published & things you would still like to know

However, do come along with your own questions, as well as experience, and as always through discussion on the #ECR network we can hopefully find some answers and advice!

Look forward to chatting with you all 🙂


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Coming Up: ECR chat on ‘Building and maintaining networks’, 29 May 2014

The next live chat is Thursday 29 May at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST), 15:00 New York (EDT), which is Friday 07:00-08:00 in New Zealand (NZST).

Building and Maintaining Networks

In the current research environment, it seems that “who you know” is becoming as important as “what you know.” Those special opportunities that might make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful job or funding application are often only accessible through networks. Networks are also very important for less material forms of support, too, and for finding out about the unwritten rules of research and academia. In this week’s ECR chat we’ll be discussing building, managing and maintaining networks.

Host Biography

By day, Dr Lizzie Towl assists PhD students with their professional development and research skills at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; by night, she conducts research into Middle English literature and manuscripts. She aims to swap the two occupations around someday soon.

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#ECRchat tweetup details

Thanks to those of you who responded to our polls about a possible tweet up for UK ECRchat folks.

The results were overwhelmingly for a Saturday meet in London.  So…

ECRchat Tweetup: Saturday 17th May, 1pm onwards. Somewhere in London, specific venue yet to be decided (suggestions welcome).

We understand that there will be people who can’t make this time/place/date and we hope to have another tweetup in a different city sometime in the future.

Posted in Collegiality, Polls, Support and healthy working

#ECRchat UK Tweetup

For the majority of May, both of the #ECRchat organisers are going to be in the UK.  We thought this might be a great chance to meet some of you (UK) folks and have a tweet up (informal meet up, probably taking place in a pub).

In order to find out what place and time would suit the most people (obviously we can’t manage to please everyone) we’ve set up some polls.

We hope we’ll get to meet some of you very soon.


These are places we’re able to organise an event in, if you add another city, please be willing to help host the tweetup.

Once we get some ideas of what people would like, I’ll suggest some more specific dates and places.

Posted in Collegiality, Professional development and Identity, Recap, Support and healthy working, Uncategorized

Recap: #ECRchat on “Issues for ECRs in a minority group”

This week’s chat was on Issues for ECRs in a minority group and was hosted by Dr Beth Hellen.

We had an interesting chat about issues for people in minority groups, mostly focusing on women, people with disabilities and LGBT people due to the expertise of the tweeters who were present.  Topic included departmental diversity, barriers to careers and conference access and schemes to help combat these.  Although we only really scratched the surface, most people came away with a few new thoughts about the issues, so it was fairly successful.

See the storify for a more in depth round up.

The last question asked was whether we at @ECRchat can do anything to make the chats more inclusive.  If you have any ideas regarding this, please get in touch.