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    Peer Review: Feeling like a ‘real’ scientist

    Aalok Varma
    Peer reviewing helped a graduate student to finally gain a sense of belonging within the research community.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    Silhoutte of a coqui frog in black on a purple background.

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The big potential of the small frog Eleutherodactylus coqui

    Sarah E Westrick et al.
    The coquí frog is of interest to researchers in fields as diverse as development biology, social behavior and the biology of invasive species.
  2. Illustration by Vivid Biology

    COVID-19 and the Research Community: It is time for open access in clinical care

    Edy Kim
    A healthcare center widely sharing its internal guidelines on how to treat COVID-19 patients “just wasn’t done.” As the pandemic raged at a Boston hospital, the next generation of clinical leaders pushed for change.
  3. Living Science: Authorship then and now

    Eve Marder
    A researcher should only be an author on a paper if they have contributed to it in a substantive way.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Science Forum: Building a community to engineer synthetic cells and organelles from the bottom-up

    Oskar Staufer et al.
    The creation of synthetic cells and organelles will open doors to new collaborative and funding opportunities.
  4. Meta-Research: Investigating disagreement in the scientific literature

    Wout S Lamers et al.
    An approach based on cue phrases can be used to identify instances of disagreement in scientific articles and compare the level of disagreement in various disciplines.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Science Forum: Author-sourced capture of pathway knowledge in computable form using Biofactoid

    Jeffrey V Wong et al.
    Biofactoid is a tool that enables researchers to capture information about molecular interactions in a form that is both human-readable and machine-computable, thereby allowing this information to be integrated into public knowledge-bases and to be widely disseminated.
  5. Point of View: Lessons from an initiative to address gender bias

    Kate E Hoy et al.
    How a letter addressing the lack of women invited to speak at a conference in brain stimulation encouraged researchers to take action.
  6. Being a Scientist: A monster of a disease

    Sahana Sitaraman
    When compulsions and obsessive thoughts took over her world, a graduate student found strength in her identity as a scientist.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Reproducibility in Cancer Biology: Challenges for assessing replicability in preclinical cancer biology

    Timothy M Errington et al.
    A project to repeat experiments from high-impact papers in cancer biology encountered a series of challenges, many of which were caused by a lack of detail in the original papers.