#scidata16: Publishing Better Science through Better Data: Writing competition

Are you an early career researcher interested in research data? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Participate in the Publishing Better Science through Better Data event writing competition and get to work with a Nature research editor and have your writing published on Naturejobs.

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Following the successful writing competition for the Publishing Better Science through Better Data event last year, we are delighted to announce that we are running the competition again this year.

Focussed on early career researchers, the day-long conference will explore the role research data plays in getting published and helping to advance careers. This year’s conference will be held in partnership with the Wellcome Trust, at the Wellcome Collection Building, on October 26th 2016.

The five winners of the writing competition will be invited to attend the conference and be an official conference reporter for one of the sessions.

Submission Guidelines:
The competition is open to all unpublished*, currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate science students and post docs. To enter, please send the following to scientificdatareplies@nature.com:

  1. A short cover letter explaining why you want to be considered and what would make you a good science journalist.
  2. Your CV.
  3. A 600 word answer to one of the following topics:
    • What are the benefits of reproducibility in science?
    • How should early career researchers engage with open science?
    • Why don’t scientists always share their data?
    • How can better data sharing and management improve a career in science?
    • How is the rise of data-intensive research changing what it means to be a scientist?

Deadline for sending entries: 31 August 2016 at 9pm BST/5PM EST

Find out more about taking part in the competition.

* A ‘published’ writer is a professional journalist. Bloggers and student journalists are welcome to enter.

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Mathias Astell

Marketing Manager, Springer Nature

After years working in HE colleges and then book publishing (at Penguin Random House), I moved over to academic publishing at SAGE Publications in 2013 to take on the promotion of a suite of >50 journals, covering a variety of subject areas. I started at Nature Research in the summer of 2015 managing the marketing for the world's biggest academic journal, Scientific Reports, and Nature Research's leading open data journal, Scientific Data, as well as being involved in various company-wide data and open access projects. In October 2017, I moved to take on the responsiblity for the marketing of Springer Nature's new research data products and services.

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