Great fun showing science stuff to Year 12 Physics Progression students with my biophysics colleagues. We pulled on some intervertebral disc, we flexed cow tails and looked through a microscope to discover disc’s lamellar structure.

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The process of peer reviewing is long and often tedious, sometimes unfair, and sometimes it feels it is almost random. Churchill said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others”, and I think the same hold for peer reviewing. I’ll be honest, I actually like reviewing papers, and also having my papers reviewed. Once your paper enters the long reviewing process, your work is (almost) done, now someone else is working for you. This motivates to do it myself, and I try to do a thorough work.
I recently opened an account on Publons. They verify and validate the reviews, do statistics on them and so on. It has no real purpose for the time being, apart from having more career-related graphs, but I think at some point we’ll start recognizing the work going towards the peer review process.

Anyway, this post was inspired by a certificate I received from European Radiology, thanking me for my reviews; that was awesome! A nice gesture at zero cost for the editor and for the journal.

European Radiology - Peer Review Certificate

European Radiology – Peer Review Certificate

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I am a bit of a stats freak, I love checking my website’s accesses and so on. Now, free online services are providing usage statistics on publications, and I am loving it. I just got 1000 reads on ResearchGate! Yahoo!
Research gate 1000 reads


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My University recently held open days for students, and they made posters for each research activity. Someone apparently chose one of my images for Biomedical Physics! That is so cool!
Biophysics poster
The background image is an axial section of sheep vertebral endplate. Red channel is second harmonic generation (showing mainly collagen) while green is two-photon fluorescence (indicating calcification). An osteon is visible below the R in Exeter.

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A few months ago I participated in a France 5 documentary on back pain. Here am I, buying cow tails for my experiments!

Many thanks to Sarah Carpentier for her work!

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