Weekly resource round-up: Monday 26th April

Methods in Ecology and Evolution journalI recently came up with the idea of composing a brief weekly email to send to students (I’m a student representative for PhD students at CEH Lancaster). I tend to hoover up items I think might be useful to myself and others during the week, compose the emails on Fridays, and set them free on Mondays (because who wants to get an inspiring list of things to look at last thing on a Friday?).

I’m archiving them on this blog; here’s last Monday’s:

  1. The Royal Geographical Society have produced a guide on publishing for new researchers. Although the title specifies the geographical discipline, I found the material to be general enough to be useful. It can be downloaded here.
  2. The new Methods in Ecology and Evolution journal is worth keeping an eye on if you’re into that kind of thing. The methods.blog posts monthly digests of noteworthy methods papers published in other journals…
  3. …which brings me onto a really handy paper published in the first issue of MEE by Zuur et al. (2010): ‘A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems’. It’s already been downloaded over a thousand times, and the authors publish their R code and example data on their website. Here’s the paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2041-210X.2009.00001.x.
  4. For anyone planning (but possibly too frightened) to get into using R for statistics, the following book reference is excellent: Zuur et al. (2010) A Beginner’s Guide to R. Springer: New York. Available online via SpringerLink – worth checking to see if your university has access.