Training Case Study
Research Integrity: A presentation to the University of Glasgow
In 2015, following an invitation by Dr Tanita Casci, Head of Research Policy at the University of Glasgow, Jane gave a presentation on research integrity, and about how research communication is changing to support good research culture and practice, to an audience of integrity officers and senior managers.
Dr Casci said about this presentation:
"As an institution we work hard to embed an awareness of good research practice. Jane's talk brought this topic to life by skillfully tying together the rapidly changing landscape of research publishing, the incentives placed on academics to publish, and the opportunities, responsibilities and risks that come with the (welcome) drive towards open scholarship and open data. I thought I had heard it all before, but I was wrong: I left with several urgent actions, and a much more compelling way to present integrity to the research community."
Editorial Case Study
Since 2007, Jeremy Allen has worked closely with Edanz Group Ltd, an editorial services company based in Japan, to provide expert editorial services for non-native English-speaking scientists. Jeremy has edited over 800 research manuscripts and has become a preferred editor for several Edanz clients. Examples of publications on which Jeremy has worked include:
Maelstrom coordinates microtubule organization during Drosophila oogenesis through interaction with components of the MTOC. Sato K, Nishida KM, Shibuya A, Siomi MC, Siomi H. Genes Dev. 2011 Nov 15;25(22):2361-73.
Epigenetic regulation of a brain-specific glycosyltransferase N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-IX (GnT-IX) by specific chromatin modifiers. Kizuka Y, Kitazume S, Okahara K, Villagra A, Sotomayor EM, Taniguchi N J Biol Chem. 2014 Apr 18;289(16):11253-61.
Dr Daniel McGowan, Science Director of Edanz Group Ltd, says:
"For several years now Jeremy has been one of our most trusted editors, able to cover a variety of fields and editing regularly for some of our most important (and most prolific) clients. The quality of Jeremy's editing and the added value he provides are both evident in the repeat orders we receive from clients he has edited for and the frequent requests for him specifically. Jeremy's attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, clarity of language, and polite communications (through comments) with authors have made him a valuable member of our freelance team."
Editorial Case Study
DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING: A book
Academic publisher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, commissioned Jane Alfred to developmentally edit a book by renowned molecular geneticist, David Botstein. Jane worked closely with David on the book, entitled Decoding the Language of Genetics, over several months, providing editorial feedback on drafts of the book’s chapters and on the book’s figures, as well as suggestions for additional chapters, text and figures.
In the book's acknowledgements, David Botstein notes:
"'I am in debt to Jane Alfred for her excellent editing. She eliminated many errors and much awkwardness.'"
Editorial Case Study
MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT: A submission to a selective journal
A researcher contacted Jane Alfred for advice on a research manuscript intended for submission to a highly selective journal. Jane read and assessed the manuscript and provided written editorial feedback on how effectively the authors had communicated the novelty and advance their work offered (relative to the published literature in the field), and on the evidence provided to support their findings. The article was also developmentally edited for clarity, coherence and accessibility and editorial feedback provided on the authors’ cover letter.
Writing Case Study
WRITING: Accessible accounts of research findings
Jane Alfred has written numerous short articles about research findings, to explain and highlight their interest and impact. Examples include Highlights articles published in Nature Reviews Genetics, and blog posts about the impact of research discoveries published in PLOS Biology. Jane also regularly writes Digests for the open access journal eLife – these provide accessible accounts of the key findings published in eLife articles.
A blog post about a research advance – Putting CpG islands on the map
A Highlight in Nature Reviews Genetics – Altering the course of disease