September 22, 2017

Resources for crafting better papers and posters

Posted by AGU Career Center

You may have missed that last week was Peer Review Week, but don’t worry: the publication process last year-round. AGU is committed to bringing you the resources you need to perfect your craft.  Today, I’d like to share with you some of the resources at your disposal from AGU Webinars to recent Eos articles.

AGU Webinars

We have three webinars in the coming weeks to help you prepare your own publications and better understand the inner workings of the process.  Each webinar will take place on Thursday from 2-3PM ET:

28 September 2017: How To Write Effective Reviews (And Improve Your Own Manuscript)

Join GeoHealth Editor in Chief Gabriel M. Fillippelli as he discusses what it takes to be a reviewer. Learning how to write effective reviews not only helps you as a peer reviewer. It can also help you understand how to improve your own manuscript and respond to reviewer comments.




5 October 2017: Tips For A Successful Manuscript Submission

Want to learn how to successfully and efficiently get from the manuscript writing process to a published article in a peer-reviewed journal? Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) Editor in chief Robert Pincus will share his experience with the process.



12 October 2017: Creating Figures For Scientific Posters

Whether you are presenting a poster at Fall Meeting, the Fall Virtual Poster Showcase, or another meeting, our guest presenter Ashley Smith from the American Journal Experts will provide you with the tips you need to create effective figures for your presentation.  Though the presentation will specifically address figures in scientific posters, the advice will apply to figures in your manuscripts as well.

Eos and Peer Review Week

Eos featured a number of articles for Peer Review Week.  An 18 September Editors’ Vox article by Brooks Hanson and Jenny Lunn, “AGU Marks Peer Review Week” highlighted some of the Eos articles published during Peer Review Week.

Two articles explored new publication tools available to researchers exploring ORCID ID’s and  ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a means to create a unique identifier for researchers.  Registering for an ORCID identifier will help you to assert authorship of your researcher and make it easier for other’s to discover your work.  If you haven’t heard of ORCID yet, you should read the article to better understanding of what it means for you and your research. is a tool that facilitates the peer review process by increasing the functionality of reviewer comments.  You can learn more about how is being implemented throughout AGU journals in the article “Annotation Tool Facilitates Peer Review.”

The role of making research data publicly accessible was also addressed.  Editor-in-Chief of JGR: Oceans Peter Brewer discussed the importance of AGU’s new data policy was in “Do You Expect Me to Just Give Away My Data?,” complimented by Shelley Stall’s exploration of the new policy in “Enabling Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable Data.”

Next week, I’ll cover some of additional resources that have recently appeared in Eos and elsewhere at AGU.  I hope you find these new developments to the publication process informative, and I hope that you will join us for one of our upcoming webinars.

Nathaniel Janick is the Career Services Coordinator at the American Geophysical Union.