Librarians are credited with helping their various user communities work smarter, not harder. Arguably one of the groups that could benefit the most from that guidance is the early career researcher who faces incredible competition, especially for job and funding opportunities.
Elsevier's newly revised Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career is a crash course on how to plan a research career. Written by 30-year research veteran Professor Alan Johnson, this free mentoring booklet — used as a resource in many workshops around the world — provides a detailed map of the important milestones that young researchers should reach along the path to a successful research career.
The booklet helps them learn to make informed decisions, define goals and measure success.
It covers a wide range of topics: planning a career, preparing a grant funding application, selecting a research discipline, supervising and mentoring. It also discusses the importance of getting recognized for research work, how to publish and where to publish.
What's more, the booklet is translated into 10 languages: Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.