It’s Peer Review Week! This year’s theme addresses “Transparency in Review.” Transparency can mean a lot of things–for some, it entails a fully opened review process with signed reviews made available after publication; for others it
Today my colleague George Phillips and I published a paper on the first known ceratopsid horned dinosaur from eastern North America. The fossil is “only” a tooth, but it’s more than enough to show that
It’s no secret to most of my colleagues that I’m a big fan of measurements in papers. Some of this stems from a graduate school education thoroughly steeped in quantitative methods and statistics. Some of
As I wrap up revisions on a manuscript, as well as continuing the day to day work in “my” museum collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good figure of a fossil.
It is no secret that the craft of writing, scientific or otherwise, takes practice. Some folks of course write better than others, but this skill is not usually without a hefty helping of rough drafts,
With yesterday’s publication of the paper describing and naming the dinosaur Dahalokely, one stage of a loooong research journey has reached its end. The details on the animal itself have been covered elsewhere, so this post
For my inaugural post, I wanted to introduce myself briefly as well as talk about some issues of scientific publication that are of interest to me (and hopefully you!). As mentioned elsewhere, I am the