Tips for peer reviewing scientific articles

Caoilte Ó Ciardha & Kelly M. Babchishin

Over the last year or so, we’ve started new roles as associate editors at the Journal of Sexual Aggression (CÓC) and Sexual Abuse (KB). Transitioning from simply presenting opinions for consideration to making the decisions on people’s work has been daunting but eye-opening. For example, you would not believe the amount of people who turn down reviewing. We get it, reviewing is a hassle, and when that one-week1 reminder arrives telling you the review is due you will invariably curse your past self who naively assumed you would have somehow cleared the steaming pile of work off your desk to make room for it.

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10 books flourishing forensic psychologists should consider investing in

Ian A. Elliott

Books are expensive. However, it’s tough to navigate a career in forensic psychology without any hard-copy reference materials and relying on journal articles alone. I recently noticed that my rare expenditure on books (I am neither senior enough nor expert enough to be inundated with freebies!) has shifted away from ‘topic’ books and further towards ‘methods’ books. Given that many students have only a limited budget to allocate to books, here are a few recommendations from my own experience on where you might want to invest as your career progresses.

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Becoming a Wikipedia editor for sexuality and sexual violence pages

Ian McPhail

One of the purposes of the nextgenforensic blog is to promote the dissemination of high quality scientific information to as wide an audience as possible, without paywalls.  Part of this purpose is our impulse to social justice, but it is also pragmatic: If students and early career researchers want to impact the world in as meaningful a way as possible, we need to think broader in terms of what it means to have impact (that golden calf of the academy). This post focuses on an important and effective avenue for disseminating scientific information, that being: becoming a Wikipedia editor for its human sexuality and sexual violence pages.

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Going from good to great

David Prescott

This blog results from a year or so of conversations with a very patient Kelly Babchishin. Since the emergence of the NextGenForensic blog, I have come to think of myself increasingly as the older generation. This is not just bemused self-deprecation; the existence of a next generation raises questions for the rest of us. How do we make the most of career transitions? How do we succeed and fail the most effectively that we can? And for some of us, how do we become elders in the field without simply becoming cranky oldsters? As an emerging professional, I sometimes experienced cruel undermining by those who should have mentored me. Michael Seto’s message to newer forensic psychologists on this blog last year was an outstanding start to many of these conversations.

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So, what’s the point in blogging? Benefits for graduate students

Danielle Kettleborough

You might tell yourself that blogging is a complete waste of time, precious time that could be spent doing something more productive.  You probably think blogging is time consuming, you have no idea what to write and believe that nobody would bother to read it anyway!  As a grad student, life is busy: you are running various research projects, preparing for presentations, course work, meetings, attempting to get your work published, get grants, and so on… it’s a busy life and it all takes time.  Fitting in all of the required activities can be a task in itself, let alone finding the time to do something you may view as ‘extra’, such as writing a blog post.  I am going to discuss some of the reasons why I believe blogging can be beneficial.

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Procrastinating about laziness: Sometimes we forget that deviant sexual interests are a bit complicated

Caoilte Ó Ciardha

I’m great at procrastinating, or rather; when I procrastinate I am very good at tricking myself into doing something useful. When my house is tidy, the people around me know I’m avoiding work. When I’ve actually gardened they know I’m avoiding something huge. Today, I’m trying something different – procrastinatory blogging! In admitting this I also apologise to those waiting for papers or journal reviews from me, and I apologise to my flatmates who might have reasonably expected a clean house to result from my latest bout of writer’s block. However, toiling as I am with a current piece of work and an impending deadline, I was reminded of an article that I wrote in similar circumstances.

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Advice for the next generation of (forensic) researchers; or, eight habits for highly effective researchers

Michael Seto

This is the commencement speech that I don’t think I’ll ever get to give, for an audience of early career researchers and graduate and undergraduate students who are beginning to find their way. I believe a successful and fulfilling research career can be had if one follows these eight habits, based on my experience, observations of highly accomplished colleagues, and of course, research evidence when available.

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