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How to Publish inside Information’s: Helping Brazil to show the Chemistry done in Brazil through RSC

27.03.2019

Elizabeth Magalhães PhD MRSC, Manager in Brazil on behalf of Royal Society of Chemistry

 

Work hard and you will succeed. Get the ball rolling to publish frequently is a matter of working hard and know better what Publishers expected. Research is a global “business”. We will only progress scientifically in every corner of the world if we connect. As Scientist, many tools are in the game of your career. You have to teach, get students, make reports, sustain your lab, progress in the career, get involved with global problems, solve bureaucratic issues and make yourself knowledgeable. How to do that? Publish and make the world recognize what you are doing. Then you will connect globally, you will have greater ideas and see the world. Openness is key.

RSC wants to make every researcher in the world get a better understanding of our publishing process. Having this in mind, we collaborated since 2015 with British Council in Brazil to add inside information’s from a publisher point of view into their Researcher Connect program, sponsored by Newton Fund Brazil. It involves traveling around this big country and get to know different cultures and facilities. We wanted to unlock the door. This year specially, we included our tour into the Brazil-UK Year of Science and Innovation agenda. Science is GREAT is one of the Year´s motto, and makes sense to the idea behind what we proposed: spent a whole day giving a four slots workshop totally hands on. We named it Science Connect, because more than publishing numbers we want people to engage internationally.

On February 7 he head to Alfenas-Minas Gerais. UNIFAL received us with a full house of Chemists and Pharmacists. We had professor, post-docs, MSc and PhD students. Minas has a different atmosphere, being well known by the good food and specially, coffee and cheese-balls (pão de queijo). We had the support of Prof Dr Vanessa Boralli and the audience was really involved and talkative.

Group photo at UNIFAL with RSC trainers.

Then we flew to Teresina, and what a surprize: we were received by the FAPEPI-Piauí State Funding Agency President Prof Francisco Guedes reaching their newsletter. Prof Beatriz Rodrigues head of the international office of UFPI gave us a warm welcome and together with a varied group of attendees we performed on February 11, an exciting workshop, make people talk relaxed with us. Teresina is located in the far Northeast, and having someone from abroad got attention even for the locals, who were warm and curious about anything. The weather is hot and humid, and we could feel how proud they are of their histories and the lunch break (Making total sense stop anything you are doing between 12 and 14h and get away from the heat). The Serra da Capivara National Park nearby is quite famous for its rock painting and had inspired the local art craft.

Group photo at UFPI with RSC trainers.

Finally, on February 14 we went from Teresina to Curitiba, heading then to Ponta Grossa. The region is full of soya farms, making the region very attractive for work opportunities. The State University of Ponta Grossa organized a nice event inside their Astronomy building. Prof Dr Jarem Garcia from the Chemistry department putted together a nice mix of students and professors. We were surrounded by good nature (Vila Velha Park) and meat places, giving us the opportunity to experience the local “churrasco” (barbecue).

 

Group photo at UEPG with RSC trainers.

The workshop idea was fulfilled with opportunities for them to talk about their work and experience the oral communication. They also trained on “hands on” mode, how a good abstract and title should look like, and how important is to address a Cover Letter to call attention to your work. The end of the day, posters were discussed in a more informal way, giving them to opportunity for self-critique themselves and see how to be simpler is better.     

Communicating science through writing, talking, displaying and increasing personal impact have to be straightforward and thoughtful. Preparation is important, training is important and persisting is even more important. Hard work pays the price, even if a long journey has to be done, as we did, covering more than 6,700 km for cheese balls, geology signs and churrasco!

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