Zen Faulkes

Biologist. Crustaceans, brains, behaviour, evolution, metascience.

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DORA 10th anniversary 

As part of the tenth anniversary of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), I am organizing a roundtable on publisher bans and blacklists.

Publishers like MDPI and Frontiers have grown rapidly. But some institutions have created policies to stop their scientists from submitting articles to these publishers. This event examines whether such bans are consistent with DORA and academic freedom.

When: 15 May 2023, 10:00 am Eastern.

Where: Online.

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Read about this and other events for DORA’s anniversary.

Better posters

“This book is great.” - Stephen B. Heard, author of The Scientist’s Guide to Writing

“Should be in the library of any university with a graduate program.” - Kristen Briney, author of Data Management for Researchers

One of “7 Best new academic research books to read in 2021” - BookAuthority website

This book draws from over ten years of experience writing the Better Posters blog. It covers the entire poster session experience, from viewing, to designing and presenting posters, to organizing poster sessions.

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Chapters book page (print and Kobo editions) 🇨🇦

Barnes & Noble book page (print and Nook editions)

Amazon book page (print and Kindle editions)


Blogs and websites

Academic science blog

Conference poster blog

Marbled crayfish research 


Stinging the Predators

A collection of academic hoaxes.

Free PDF and on Figshare.

Presentation Tips cover

Presentation Tips

A little ebook for academic talks.

Free PDF and cheap Kindle edition.


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