March 27, 2009
Apparently the jury is still out on this issue but the links below provide some encouragement:
Update: I have just found an interesting follow-up on the Cult of Genius post, The Cult of Theory, at Chad Orzel’s blog.
Update 2: an interesting recent discussion at the Backreaction blog.
Update 3: see this post by Peter Turney and this article
March 23, 2009
I have just found some great advice on how to boost your citation count, i.e., get more citations for your publications (which may, as you well know, increase your visibility in the science world and your chances of getting tenure) . An interesting discussion of the so-called Matthew effect in science (to start, see the classical papers by Robert K. Merton here, here, and here) and its influence on the citation patterns can be found here.
Update: I also found some interesting tips on how to get your papers cited here and here.
As for the general advice on writing research papers, see excellent writing tips from the blog of Terence Tao.
Update 2: making your work available online (e.g. at the arXiv; see this post of Terence Tao for further details) can significantly increase its chances to be cited (but be careful with the copyright issues when making available the work you have already published).
Update 3: Also, quite obviously, publishing your paper in a high-impact journal may increase its chances of getting cited. But submitting your papers to the journals perceived as prestigious has plenty of caveats — see e.g. this post by Terence Tao and this post by Massimo.
Update 4: see this post about the citation trading at ectropy.info
March 22, 2009
I have recently come across two papers on the subject (addressed primarily to the biomedical scientists but mostly of general interest too) by Jonathan Yewdell in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology: here and here.
As usual (cf. e.g. this discussion), this advice should be taken cum grano salis.
More related advice can be found in the other posts on this blog. I especially recommend the talk You and Your Research by Richard Hamming, and the advice from Terence Tao, James D. Watson, and Steven Weinberg. See also advice from E. W. Dijkstra and J.H. Conway
March 16, 2009
Ten Simple Rules for
The above articles are also available as a single collection (which however does not seem to include the correction mentioned above).
March 16, 2009
This is a series of four articles at Inside Higher Ed by David E. Drew and Paul Gray:
Part I Part II Part III Part IV
These authors have also recently published a book on the subject but I haven’t got it yet.
However, I’ve just found a presentation which appears to be a nice summary of the book (important note: the link in this paragraph works even though Snapshots says it doesn’t!).
March 12, 2009
Michael Nielsen: Principles of Effective Research
See also his blog for more career advice.
March 10, 2009
Richard Hamming in his famous talk You and Your Research offers superb advice on how to do great science.
Update (via Stephen Kinsella): This talk was also recently published here, so now one has an official reference to cite.
Update 2 (via the Unruled Notebook): the videos of a more recent version of this talk given by Hamming himself in the 90s are available here.
Further advice can be found in the other posts on this blog, e.g. here and here. Also, there are two recent followup papers (On the Process of Becoming a Great Scientist and Ten Simple Rules for Doing Your Best Research, According to Hamming) that could be of some interest.