Easy Social Media Strategy for Researchers: Giving, Simplicity, Sticking with It

Social media for researchers and scientists: it’s predictably confusing. Why? Because so many smart people are doing something a 12 year old can do better. They’re overthinking it. They’re getting all scientific about it. Social media is at best a free and powerful instrument to advanced your science and increase your reputation. Even when done half-heartedly it can get you some attention. Dr./Ms./Mr. Researcher – you’ve to try really hard to do badly at social media. But there are some …

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Research Promotion on a Shoestring: How to promote your work in a struggling economy

An academic writer’s goal is not just to get published, but rather to research and publish something that may be relevant for his or her area of investigation, promotes further discussion and, for good measure, is enticing for the general public. This, generally speaking has gotten harder as time passes. For academics in struggling or underdeveloped economies, it’s even worse. One of the most criticized aspects of today’s academia is that it’s too self-centered. And in the developing world they …

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Google Translate Is No Friend to Science or Business, Despite its Improvement

Update in April 2019: Since I wrote this in late-2018, it’s really only gotten worse. More than ever, and especially from China, I see use of Google Translate. I know this because I get the original text and drop it in GT to be sure. Sure enough, it’s exactly what’s on the paper that’s being sent to me to be edited. It’s actually more cunning than ever because the tool seems especially well-trained for Chinese. Not sure why, because I …

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Chinese Speakers of English: 5 Problems You Can Overcome

Why is English so challenging for Chinese people? Jack Ma learned English out of sheer will. He would seek out tourists and converse with them, and he studies like crazy. Now he is one of the world’s richest people, riding on the massive and growing power of his company Alibaba. Ma has a unique combination of Chinese pride and international individualism. As China’s rapidly grows in economic and social power, and becomes increasingly integrated I the global economy, Chinese often …

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