Understanding Impact Factor & Avoiding the Demon of “Perfection” – July 2013 Workshops

Dr. Kevin Omland (UMBC Professor of Biology), presents two seminar for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty on July 9-10, 2013 at UMBC, Commons, Room 331

Sometimes, trying to be perfect means that you never get those drafts off of your desk or off of your computer screen. What about submitting them for publication? Did you know that journal articles are ranked? Find out about the rankings and ratings of various journals.

Professor Kevin Omland has more than 50 publications, that have been cited more than 3000 times. Dr. Omland provides his lectures for our academic community. Faculty, Postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to attend. These seminars were initially sponsored by a grant from Universidad Metropolitana, in Puerto Rico as part of their faculty development initiative that utilized best practices from PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Project. Dr. Omland conducted the initial seminars in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 2013. 

RSVP: Understanding Impact Factor – July 9: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/18197

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 9:30 AM – 12 Noon, UMBC, Commons 331

RSVP: Demon of “Perfection” – July 10: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/18198

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, UMBC, Commons 331

These July 2013 seminars at UMBC are part of the “Writing for Publication” workshop for graduate students. Graduate students who want to attend the entire workshop, which includes the lecture, must register: http://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/summer-2013-writing-for-publication-workshop-at-umbc-july-10-11/

 You do NOT need to be registered for the 2-day “Writing for Publication” event to participate in Dr. Omland’s  workshops. 

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Categories: Academic Preparation, Ph.D. Completion, Seminars and Workshops, Success Seminars and Workshops, Writing Suite

Author:Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland (http://www.umbc.edu), and the Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) – http://www.umbc.edu/promise. The PROMISE AGEP includes alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park. She is passionate about training postdocs for careers, cultivating new graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, retention of all graduate students, and Ph.D. Completion. She speaks nationally on these topics, and has projects in Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Puerto Rico. Her personal website is: http://renettatull.wordpress.com. Connect with her on Google+ google.com/+RenettaTull. Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Renetta_Tull

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3 Comments on “Understanding Impact Factor & Avoiding the Demon of “Perfection” – July 2013 Workshops”

  1. Jodian
    July 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

    From the Impact factor workshop: I hope to get a better understanding of how impact factors are used and their relevancy to how one should proceed when publishing in a journal. From the workshop on Demon of Perfection: I hope to take away practical ways of avoiding this pitfall during my graduate career.



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