Useful resources

Open book

This is a small selection of sources that I’ve found useful. Books are available at publishers, on and There are in paperback edition, some are in hardback or an electronic format. For specific publication requirements most journals have now websites for authors that must be consulted.


How to succeed as a scientist: from postdoc to professor (2011), by Barbara J Gabrys and Jane A. Langdale, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-18683-4


Article writing

How to write and publish a scientific paper (2017), by Barbara Gastel and Robert A. Day, 8th edition, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9781316640432

Reporting progress

Report writing for academic purposes: see free courses on the web, for example ‘Essay and report writing skills’ from OpenLearn, The Open University.

Delivering talks

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter), (2020), by Garr Reynolds, New Riders, ISBN-13: 978-0135800911

See also his website

Positive influences for your career

There is not a single source that I’d recommend as it depends on your personal situation. There are plenty of resources available on the web.

For a wide picture of today’s science:

Real Science: What it is, and What It Means, (2008), by John M. Ziman, Cambridge University Press; New Ed Edition, ISBN-13 : 978-0521893107

For developing resilience:

Developing resilience: A cognitive – behavioural approach, (2018), by Michael Neenan, 2nd edition, Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-0415792912