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How to Protect Yourself From Predatory Journals

We all know that you can’t trust everything you see on the internet. Scammers often find creative ways to take advantage of those who don’t know any better. And so, ... Read more
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10 Open-source Publications for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare researchers, scientists, and practitioners have a lot to gain when it comes to open access publications. A worldwide corpus of new and revolutionary works expands on a daily basis. ... Read more
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Addressing the Issue of Self-citation

When we look at both sides of the issue of self-citation (see previous post), we see that self-citation certainly has a place in the scientific community. But we also need ... Read more
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Precautions About Self-citation and Grey Literature

It’s natural that researchers will want to cite their previous works, especially when writing about a topic that draws upon conclusions they formerly established. This is called self-citation. Though it’s ... Read more
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How Do I Know if Grey Literature is Worth Reading?

We get this question all the time. Especially if you’ve never worked in a front-line organization or if you believe that peer review only happens in academia, it can be ... Read more
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Does Open Access Mean Free?

When you log into an Open Access journal, you can read documents and research findings to your heart’s content. You can even go to any number of other Open Access ... Read more

Changing the Way Research and Information are Shared

I just finished reading two very impactful books, which have had a direct impact on me as a Founder, as a consumer, and consequently in the maturation of GreyLit as ... Read more
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Yes Actually Means Let’s Do This Thing

Do you remember the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, circa 1990? I think it was one of the first self-improvement books ... Read more

All Research Matters… If Only We Could Find it

One of the very valid reasons for the open access movement is to address the massive gap between the volume of research that is paid for vs what gets published ... Read more
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Passion, Commitment and Inspiration at the Science Fair

When Danielle Goodfellow from the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement at Saint Mary’s University invited me to attend an event that showcased the top science fair projects from across ... Read more

Decision-making Made Easier with Open Access

The open access movement is getting more and more attention. The question of where to publish outside of academia is one I have been so fascinated with that I left ... Read more

How to Organize Your Thoughts Before Writing

Putting pen to paper (or your fingers to the keyboard) can be intimidating. One of the hardest parts is knowing where to start and, once you’ve cleared that hurdle, it ... Read more

How to Spot Fake Research

Without a doubt, you’ve heard about fake news. At this point, the prevalence of fake news stories, which proliferate on venues like social media, has become a major public talking ... Read more

Understanding Grey Literature: How to Find It and How to Use It

Grey literature is unpublished, non-commercial, and often difficult to find information that many organizations, including think tanks, research institutes, and public health associations, use to make connections, find conclusions, and ... Read more

Understanding the Sunshine Clause

Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we try to do something and it doesn’t work for a variety of reasons. When that something has never been done before, we should give ourselves ... Read more

Interview with CEO Cora Cole – HaliBlab

Episode 21 of the HaliBlab podcast features Cora Cole, a true disruptor and innovator in the academic research industry. Did you know that a high percentage of all research completed ... Read more

From Academia to the Workplace: Develop Your Style

In From Academia to the Workplace: Consider Your Diction, I introduced the disconnect between writing for professors in academia and writing for the workplace. I cautioned you to think carefully ... Read more

From Academia to the Workplace: Consider Your Diction

Besides going to classes, completing projects, and teaching undergrads, one of the most important jobs of a graduate student is preparing for the workforce. After all, that’s what all those ... Read more

Knowing vs. Understanding: Why Speaking Last is Smart

Most people want to advance in their careers. Most people want to be seen as competent, someone who can express both problems and answers. To do that, we need to ... Read more

Conquer Writer’s Block: How to Find a New Angle

Stuck, uninspired, unmotivated, feeling stale? Is writing that mid-project summary report feeling like a pending dental appointment? Are you staring at data wondering how to make it sound more interesting ... Read more

Digging Deep with Critical Thinking Skills

We know that asking questions can increase the level of common sense in our organizations and workplaces. This puts a lot of pressure on the kinds of questions we ask. ... Read more

If Common Sense isn’t so “Common”, What Can We Do About It?

We’ve all heard the rhetoric: common sense just isn’t as common as it used to be. Could this actually be true? And if so, what effect is it having in ... Read more

Twitter Becomes Tactical When You Use Lists to Curate Information

Do you use Twitter to find interesting information? When you started, do you remember wondering how you were ever going to keep up? Is it now difficult to sort through ... Read more

How GreyLit Would Have Helped Others

A physician in Nigeria was heartbroken over how much lifesaving vaccine was lost to breaks in the cold-chain that keeps vaccine viable. So he connected a solar-powered generator to a ... Read more

How GreyLit Would Have Helped Me

I had been working in public health for about seven years, and was getting itchy feet and so had applied for an Epidemiologist position with the National Health Service in ... Read more

CEO Cora Cole is a SheEO 2018 Canadian Venture Semi-Finalist!

A SheEO Super Activator called to tell Cora that GreyLit was a Venture Semi-Finalist while she was on her way to the rink for her son’s hockey practice. So, to ... Read more
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Buzzwords to Gravy Trains: Are You on the Bandwagon?

Remember when everything in healthcare had to be “evidence-based decision making”? Or how about when massive decisions were based on the “World Café” style of engagement? Remember when sick people ... Read more

Are You Judged By Your Mission Statement? Should You Be?

Ah, mission statements. Most organizations have them, some remember when they were written. Mission statements are given prominent placement on our websites, official documents, and sometimes even our office walls. ... Read more

Do You Have FMA?

In research and in the frontlines of healthcare we often avoid making comparisons between our organization and the black-white world of business. We may even be a bit snobby about ... Read more

Which Hat Are You Wearing When You Research?

After many, many hours spent reading, reviewing and critically evaluating material that is relevant to our jobs — and our lives — this is what we have learned. We know ... Read more

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