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… And Access for All?

Open Access (OA) journals have emerged as a contentious alternative to traditional paid-access (PA) journals.  The mission of OA journals is to increase accessibility and visibility of academic research; access of which would otherwise be limited to a small proportion

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Impact Factor: a Rant from a Non-Academic Perspective

The Impact Factor (IF) of a journal is a measure which reflects the average number of times a typical article (published in that journal) is cited, but often people equate the concept of impact factor with how important the journal

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A Really Long Short Year

I’m quite a fan of how 2014 rolled out for me. If there is fate, and fate is a person (or god, or alien, depending on which novels you have read more of), then fate would’ve nudged his/her/its buddy and

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If hindsight is 20/20, what’s foresight? Fall in retrospect and the prospect of Winter.

Last month Amanda and Jeremy retrospected about Fall 2014 and prospected about Winter 2015, which is what Dustin and I are going to start this new month off doing.   When I think back to the past semester, one of

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Reflection While in Grad School

As I reflect on this past year, I realize how long this year felt compare to others, and that’s not to say that the year dragged on.  In fact, I would say that this year has been one of the

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2014: Looking back on a few milestones, and forward to clarity and direction

If I had to sum up 2014 in one word, it would be dynamic – constantly changing and full of activity. I had some big milestones in 2014. The first 3 months of 2014 were crazy. I was preparing for

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It’s Year End, so We’re Popping Bottle (Posts)

This semester we’ve been nothing if not practical over here at Gradifying, with September being dedicated to a series on professional development, October focused on grant writing and career events, and November spent on the actual application phase of job

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A Little Catch-bag of Leftover Tips

I’ve been having a lot of casseroles lately. The key to a good casserole is having a lot of good ingredients, but sometimes a casserole is missing a couple crucial ingredients. With a little touch-up to fill in the gastronomic

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Personal Branding and Advertising Your Expertise

Over the past couple of months the Gradifying team has examined a number of topics that relate to successfully navigating the road to meaningful employment.  Within these topics (strategies for conducting a job search, networking, preparing for a job interview,

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Take a Sail on the Internship

I expect that few graduate students embark on a Master’s or PhD degree without having an occupational end-goal in mind. We here at Gradifying have been focused this month on writing about career preparation. Career Week here at Queen’s finished

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