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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A couple of months ago I moved in Exeter, UK! I am working at the University of Exeter, with the Biophysics group. It is quite a change to go from having 99% of engineers and clinicians as colleagues, to having physicists and biologists. An interesting change! I look forward to do some science here!

I will still be working on intervertebral disc, but now at a much smaller scale: I will investigate the effects of needle puncture on the disc structure at the micro-scale. Very exciting, and very now, at least for me. I will be working with the great non linear laser microscopy setups at the UoE. Find out more University of Exeter – Claudio Vergari! I will try to prepare some pages on my new research as soon as possible…

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A nice video was published by the “Innovation & Handicap” group of Société Générale about their financing the BiomecAM chair program on subject-specific musculoskeletal modelling. Check it out!

 

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COngrès SB 2014

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A couple of days ago I was at the congress of the international francophone Société de Biomécanique: I won the Young Investigator Award for my work on intervertebral disc elastography!
I am so happy! It is very encouraging for a young researcher, and most of all it comes from a society that I really like. The SB congresses are always interesting since the topics range from cellular mechanics to bio-fluidodynamics, from tissue engineering to prosthesis characterization and, of course, numerical modeling. However, the best part is that it is a friendly community where everyone is accessible and ready to discuss. And IT IS an international community, with people coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, but also Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark…

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I was awarded a medal for my PhD thesis by the French Acadmy of Agriculture! My PhD work had not much to do with agriculture and farming, but indeed noninvasive tendon force measurements could have an impact on animal health and training. Anyway, I am so glad!

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