Author: Dr. Dennis Eckmeier

Disclaimer: Interview with Leonid Schneider

I was interviewed by Leonid Schneider about the review process at FrontiersIn. In his following blog post it looks like I was admitting to allow bad science to be published. This is not true and I distance myself from any such impressions. I left a comment under his post. However, no clarification was added to the text by Leonid, …

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Comment on Obama’s raise

Currently, every scientist with a salary above ca. $24k/yr is exempt from over time pay in the USA – and over time here means everything over 40hrs in a week. Obama now thinks about changing this threshold to ca $50k/yr. This is big, because postdocs make only about $43k/yr on average. So if this comes, …

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random thoughts about ‘postdocs’

There was a discussion about postdocs and if and how they would benefit from Obamas plans to increase the salary threshold below which overtime must be payed to a number considerably higher than the NIH average postdoc salary… or… fellowship. I won’t get into details why, but there were different types of postdoctoral positions thrown …

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Neuroscientists, where did you come from?

I have often been curious about where neuroscientists come from in an academic career / interests sense. Meaning: what kind of interests did they first start with, when they were young and innocent ;). So, after someone on Twitter brought this topic up again, I made a quick survey using SurveyMonkey and posted it on Twitter …

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Why I think neurons are computers and why it matters.

The question about whether neurons perform computations came around several times on twitter, lately and there were at least two spin-off blog posts that came from these discussions: Is the idea that neurons perform ‘computations’ in any way meaningful? from Adam Calhoun (@neuroecology) and then The Diversity of Computation by @mnxmnkmnd So far so good. It …

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New Website Feature

Since I am much more active submitting links and articles on Twitter than I am writing my blog, I added a new page to my website. Under ‘MicroBlog‘ you will now find a list of tweets that include links to interesting stuff that I posted under the hashtag #science. I might have not been too …

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European Neuroscience – and its Discontents – at the 2014 FENS Forum | Neuroscience Community

Hi, I travelled ones around the globe visiting Germany, Italy and Japan. In Italy I visited FENSforum, the biannual meeting of the Federations of European Neuroscience Societies. I was then asked to write a report on it for the new community site of PLOS: European Neuroscience – and its Discontents – at the 2014 FENS …

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‘Eckmeier-ize’ your bioRxiv submissions

Hi, as I noted earlier, we submitted my first project at Shea lab not only to a journal for peer review but also to a preprint server called bioRxiv.org. Since I hate reading manuscripts formatted for review (12 pt doublespace and figures at the end of the file), I put in a little time to …

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My first Preprint Server Submission

This weekend I happily completed a manuscript describing my recent postdoctoral work. We took the opportunity to try a further step into what hopefully will be the future of publishing. So, next to submitting the manuscript to a well-known, peer-reviewed neuroscience journal, I made a version for bioRxiv. This is a preprint server that is …

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a future science publishing vision

hi, I lost sleep lately over the ideas I had on future science publishing. I wrote before that I think an independent publishing platform financed by an international group of public funding organizations would be an answer to several problems in academia of financial nature but also problems with internal academic evaluation systems. So here …

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