Mid-career learning program
The go-to guide for managing mid-career challenges, boosting the impact of your published work, and enhancing your research profile
With our program for mid-career researchers you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience.
We’ll guide you on how to make publishing more efficient. This lets you spend more time focusing on your research and what matters to you. You’ll also discover how to build your profile to supercharge your impact, with advice on boosting the impact of your research through SEO and keywords, improving your online visibility, making connections with policymakers, and working with journalists.
The learning program is delivered by email, and each week you’ll receive a link to one PDF chapter, which you can access whenever is most convenient for you. Over 12 weeks those chapters will build into an indispensable guide you can continue to use throughout your research career.
The 12 chapters of the learning program
Chapter 1: Building an effective team
In the first chapter of the program we explore how to build a team of co-authors and how to effectively manage that team, including defining roles and authorship.
Chapter 2: Finding funding
Finding funding can be a challenge, so in chapter 2 we look at some different ways to secure funding for your research projects, from funding routes within your university to research charities to governmental funding allocations and more.
Chapter 3: Adhering to ethical guidance
This chapter focuses on the ethical standards you need to follow to publish your research in a reputable journal, from publishing ethics to ethical guidance for peer reviewers.
Chapter 4: Open research
The question of whether to embrace open research has moved to the forefront of academic research over recent years. In this chapter we’ll be looking at choosing journals, publishing open access, and sharing data, code, and citations.
Chapter 5: Writing an article with impact
We all know how important impact is in research, and maximizing the potential impact of your research starts with writing a compelling narrative that attracts the right readers to your article. So this chapter focuses on how writing can affect impact, including defining your goals, understanding your audience, and writing a public interest statement.
Chapter 6: Efficiency and time management for researchers
Managing your time as a mid-career researcher with lots of competing responsibilities can be a real issue, so chapter 6 explores different efficiency and time management tips for researchers, to help you improve your work-life balance.
Chapter 7: How to master peer review
You’ve been through the process of publishing your research and you know what to expect during peer review. But as a mid-career researcher you’ll likely need to manage edits across a team of authors, and you might be asked to be a peer reviewer yourself. So, this chapter takes you from student to master in peer review.
Chapter 8: Understanding your research impact
‘Impact’ is a word that you regularly hear when you work in research, but how can you really tell what impact your published article is having? This chapter focuses on measuring impact, including researcher and journal metrics, societal impact, and understanding Altmetrics.
Chapter 9: Building your online profile
Having an online presence is a great way to promote your research and increase your readership. So, in this chapter we explore how to build your online profile using social media, academic networking sites, and blogging.
Chapter 10: Driving discoverability
There are millions of articles out there, so how do you ensure that yours is there when your potential readers are browsing? That’s where keywords and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) come in, helping you improve discoverability and reach the right readers.
Chapter 11: Working with the media – communicating your research to journalists
If you want to boost the impact of your published research, journalists can be a powerful ally to help you reach readers outside of your academic field. In this chapter we cover what makes research newsworthy, how to work with the press office at your university and publisher, and tips for communicating with journalists.
Chapter 12: Communicating your research to policymakers
Working with policymakers is another way that your research can have real, lasting impact on the world. Politicians will often look to the latest research to help them make well-informed policy decisions, but how can you get your work in front of the right people? That’s what the final chapter of the program focuses on.