Tips and resources for research

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3 THINGS I LEARNED FROM SENIOR COLLEAGUES

  1. If you get a revise and resubmit, you may think that referees' comments are just suggestions and that you can decide which ones to pay attention to. That is not the case. Take every single comment seriously, implement it as best possible, and give a detailed and respectful reply to the reviewer showing your work and how you tried to integrate it into the paper.

  2. If you get rejected from good journal and receive good feedback from the editor and referees, you can use those letters when submitting the paper to another journal. Just attach the letters and give the editor information about manuscript ID from the previous journal so that they can validate it if necessary. If you are lucky, the new journal will not request any new referee reports and your paper will move forward with much less hassle. Just make sure to respond to all comments according to point 1 above before you submit to the new journal.

  3. Don't be shy about contacting researchers in your field for feedback. E-mail them a draft, saying that your paper may interest them and that you would appreciate any feedback. You may be surprised at how generous researchers can be with providing comments on your work. Worst case scenario is that they don't have time to respond, which is fine, and at least they will have heard of you.

WRITING


PRESENTING


My idiosyncratic summary of the above two headings:

  1. keep it as short and simple as possible,

  2. keep practicing and revising,

and you are off to a great start. But don't forget you need to:

3. sell your work!

That is, realize that you need to be confident in describing and interpreting your work if you want others to be confident in it is as well.


MANAGING PROJECTS


SOFTWARE

  • Interactive intro to R for Stata users by Richard Blissett

  • Slack for creating project-specific chat rooms to facilitate talking to other team members.

  • Jabref for creating and managing bibliography files. It has a built-in Google Scholar search to quickly add citations.


HARDWARE

  • I am a fan of mechanical keyboards as they are more comfortable to type on (and make perfect clickety-clack sounds when typing). Given the time we spend using keyboards, they're well worth the investment.


ECONOMETRICS


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