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Alternative Outlets

Over at the PostDocs Focum blog, Ben Mudrak canvasses "ways to produce peer-reviewed publications," other than by publishing in high-impact journals. "Of course, these alternative publications still require time and effort, but they can be based on activities outside of research that postdocs are often engaged in already," Mudrak says. For example, postdocs who mentor undergraduates might consider submitting a paper to "Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring, a new journal … [that] welcomes submissions written jointly by a student and mentor that describe the challenges and evolution of a research project," he writes. For postdocs who teach, Mudrak suggests Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology Education or Bioscience Education as possible outlets for papers that "specifically focus on teaching college biology." He adds that the newly launched Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs, which solicits "research articles focusing on the nature of postdoctoral positions or the motivations and concerns of postdocs," and is another viable alternative. Overall, Mudrak says, "these publications do not carry the cachet of a Science paper, but they do illustrate a commitment to scholarship in all of its forms and the ability to successfully navigate the processes of writing a manuscript and peer review."

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