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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, since. Therefore I am posting this disclaimer here:

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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, and if postdocs become eligible for over time pay, PIs will need deep pockets, because postdocs often routinely work 60-80 hour weeks. In this scenario they probably would increase the minimum salary for postdocs above that $51k level, which would be an enormous jump for most postdocs. Now, while I am confident funding agencies and leading academics will lobby against it, and not all postdocs are officially employed, and I’m rather on the pessimistic side of things, I still think one should at least have spoken up. Otherwise I wouldn’t be eligible for wining, later, right? 😉

So, today I wrote the following comment and made it official by posting it on!docketDetail;D=WHD-2015-0001 – which I think is something every US grad student and postdoc should do, too.

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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 and Facebook. Here I want to share the results.

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‘Eckmeier-ize’ your bioRxiv submissions


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 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 make it look more professional.

Today I was asked for the MSWord template, so here it is.

I hope you will find it useful!

Have fun tinkering with your manuscript 😀


UPDATE (April 23, 2014) Another version features a text by Gaius Julius Caesar.

UPDATE (January 10, 2016) another group based an updated template on my idea: Template by Finkelstein