Life Science Editors Foundation
Most human societies suffer from inequality and prejudice. The scientific community is no different: talented individuals are denied opportunities to succeed because of discrimination. In 2020, we launched the Life Science Editors Foundation (LSEF), a non-profit public charity whose mission is to accelerate equity in science.
Our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) awards provide free scientific or language edits of a scientific manuscript or grant proposal from one of our volunteers (a former journal editor, current journal editor, technical writer, or researcher). In 2021, we plan to give 50 JEDI awards (equivalent to >$35,000 in services, non-cash award) to graduate students, postdocs and principal investigators (tenure-track/early career researchers) who have a completed draft of a manuscript or grant proposal ready for editing. Priority will be given to principal investigators. Manuscript-submission applicants must be first or corresponding author.
We aim to give JEDI awards monthly to five scientists who face disproportionately high and unfair obstacles to career progression in academic science, including but not limited to women, people from historically underrepresented races or ethnic groups, people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, people with disabilities, primary caregivers, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people in a low- or lower-middle income country.
Please see lifescienceeditors.org for details on how to apply for the JEDI award.
Parental Leave Grants
In 2020, given the crisis of the Coronavirus pandemic, Life Science Editors awarded six Parental Leave Grants to support any parent juggling working-from-home with childcare. We were happy to work with:
Mariana Alves won our 2019 Parental Leave Grant for a new parent who had taken leave during the previous year. Mariana is an internal medicine resident and PhD student in the lab of Dr. Joaquim Ferreira, Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is studying cardiovascular risk in Parkinson’s Disease. She is also mom to David, 9 months old, and Diana, 3 years old. LSE Editor & Co-founder Helen helped her prepare this manuscript on atrial fibrillation screening in elderly patients.
LSE Cheat Sheets
How to Get Your Paper Published
Getting papers published is a fundamental part of being a successful scientist. But, it has become harder to stand out from the crowd, and even some of the best scientists find it difficult to get published, particularly in the top journals. It helps to know how to write a good paper and to understand what the journal editors are looking for. One of our experienced Editors can hold a “How to get your paper published” course at your institute. These can range from a half-day to a two-day workshop, for groups of around 15 PhD students/Post-docs.
- How to maximize scientific impact
- Insider insights into the editorial process
- How to appeal a decision
Career Planning: Professional Editor
Over half of all doctorates leave academia. Identifying the right career can be tough, so it helps to do some forward planning and get expert advice. Many scientists are interested in science editing and communication. All of our Editors successfully transitioned from Post-doc to Editor at a top science journal. We would be happy to present a career talk followed by a group discussion for PhD students and Post-docs. We will tell you about life as a Scientific Editor and what it takes to become one.
The Editorial Process
What happens to your manuscript after you click “Submit”? This short video gives you some insight into how editors make their decisions – from sending the manuscript out for review, to choosing reviewers, to assessing reviewer input. Our perspective is based on our experiences overseeing the review process for hundreds of papers when we were editors at Cell, Science, Science Translational Medicine, and Neuron. Angela prepared this talk when she was a Technical Writer at OMRF with Dr. Judith James in the Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program.