Life in Research

Every stage of a research career comes with its own challenges. Even across academic fields, sharing in the wisdom of peers can help provide guidance and support when faced with decisions and questions unique to life in research. Connect with the experiences, opinions, and true personal stories of researchers themselves and share your own insights with us.

Latest blogs

Amplifying Black Voices: The third Black President of the United States, a story of Black women in academia

Black Lives Matter

In this week's 'Amplifying Black Voices' blog, Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, Assistant Professor at Duke University’s School of Medicine, shares her story.

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07 Jul 2020
Amplifying Black Voices: Education and critical thinking skills are the root of societal change

Black Lives Matter

Listen to a critical race scholar share his personal story about growing up as a Black boy in 1970s Manchester.

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21 Jun 2020
Stories from researchers in lockdown: Constructive adaption, resourcefulness, and motivation

diversity

Read the firsthand experiences of researchers working remotely during the pandemic.

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12 May 2020
Authentication issues? Learn about remote access

COVID-19

We explain how you can access Springer Nature content wherever you may be working from.

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01 May 2020
Here’s how you can access textbooks for free during the coronavirus lockdown

book publishing

Download a wide range of essential titles now from across all disciplines.

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16 Apr 2020
How can AI support the research community in times of crisis?

COVID-19

Explore the rapid prototype report using coronavirus research published in 2020 by Springer Nature.

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01 Apr 2020
How is Springer Nature helping you carry on with your research in these uncertain times?

COVID-19

We are facing unprecedented circumstances in our personal and professional lives. Find out how Springer Nature is working to support the needs of the research community at this time.

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27 Mar 2020
Building a bridge between theoretical models and history

Cliometrician Claude Diebolt unpacks his role as a researcher in the field.

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27 Feb 2020
New years resolutions for your research career: a round up from the Nature Careers site

career advice

7 ways you can jump start your career in the new year.

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30 Dec 2019
Radon exposure, treehoppers, and the effects of extreme weather events: a round-up from the Nature Research Communities

Nature Research

Find out what's been happening this month on the Nature Research Communities blogs.

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23 Dec 2019
How to be a sustainable researcher: a round-up from the Nature Careers site

career advice

Here's what some scientists are doing to make their work greener.

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02 Dec 2019
Getting a PhD is hard. For some graduates, figuring out what to do with it can be even harder. Part 3.

career advice

Trying to find your own alternative career path? Here are some tips.

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25 Nov 2019
Getting a PhD is hard. For some graduates, figuring out what to do with it can be even harder. Part 2.

career advice

Each career step—in or out of academia—can teach you something about the path that's right for you.

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20 Nov 2019
Finding a balance between research and life: a round up from the Nature Careers site

career advice

Learn how researchers of all stages manage their work-life balance.

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15 Nov 2019
Getting a PhD is hard. For some graduates, figuring out what to do with it can be even harder. Part 1.

career advice

A former neuroscientist explains how she found her way outside of academia after finishing her PhD.

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14 Nov 2019
5 ways that collaboration can further your research and your career

career advice

Find out how collaborating with other researchers can benefit your work and your career.

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11 Nov 2019
Supercooled livers, amphibian parenthood, and an FAQ on split fluorescent proteins: this week's round-up from the Nature Research Communities

Nature Research

What's new with the Nature Research Communities? Find out here.

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08 Nov 2019
Alternative career paths for PhDs: a round-up from Nature Careers

career advice

What can you do with a PhD outside of academia? Here are some ideas.

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01 Nov 2019
Quasicrystals, californium, and the Disneyland of exoplanets: a round-up from the Nature Research Communities

Nature Research

What has our Nature Research Communities buzzing? Here's a round up of some of the most interesting posts from last month.

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25 Oct 2019
Nature Awards give mentors the recognition, funding, and ‘street cred’ they need

Applications are open for this year's Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science--nominate someone today!

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18 Oct 2019
Nature Mentorship Awards recognize a mentor who engages 'historically neglected minds'

The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science bring much-needed recognition to excellent mentors. Nominations are now open for this year's awards.

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18 Oct 2019
Applications now open for Nature Research travel grants for early career researchers

early career researchers

Learn more about the selection process and how to apply.

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08 Oct 2019
Raising awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day: 6 Questions with Jonathan Singer

Jonathan Singer is our third expert to provide insight into the research and wider dialogue around this important topic. 

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10 Sep 2019
Raising awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day: 6 Questions with Maurizio Pompili

Maurizio Pompili is our second expert to provide insight into the research and wider dialogue around this important topic. 

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10 Sep 2019
Raising awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day: 6 Questions with David Gunnell

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we are helping raise awareness of SDG 3.4.2 - reduce suicide mortality rate.

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09 Sep 2019
Choose action this #LGBTSTEMDay

diversity

The founder of Pride in STEM shares his wish for this year's International Day of LGBTQ+ People in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.

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05 Jul 2019
Celebrating one year of SN Pride

diversity

The Chair of SN Pride reflects on the network's first anniversary.

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05 Jul 2019
You might not know me

diversity

A Springer Nature employee shares their experience of transitioning after too many years of feeling internally disconnected. 

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04 Jul 2019
Stonewall 50: A personal reflection

diversity

Springer Nature Executive Vice President of Medicine and Life Science Journals reflects on the reality of employee benefits as an openly gay employee. 

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04 Jul 2019
Beyond the Binary: Being in the + of LGBTQ+

diversity

Springer Nature employee, Laura de Kreij, explores what it means to be non-binary.

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03 Jul 2019
Coming Out

diversity

Springer Nature staff member, Andy Monica, shares his coming out story having grown up in a small village in Italy.

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03 Jul 2019
LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2019: Springer Nature staff share their stories

diversity

Read stories from Springer Nature's network for LGBTQ+ staff and allies.

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03 Jul 2019
Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

research communication

Explore highlights from the Nature Research Community blogs.

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02 Jul 2019
Studying for a PhD? Share your story with Nature.

Nature Research

Take the survey today.

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21 Jun 2019
5 Questions with Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief of Nature

Nature Research

Read the interview.

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20 Jun 2019
5 Ways Springer Nature is progressing as a responsible business

SN SDG Programme

Find out more about how Springer Nature manages its environmental and social impacts.

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28 May 2019

diversity

Read the interview.

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08 Mar 2019
An Early Career Researcher’s Wish List

early career researchers

Alessia Mastrodonato talks about her wish list to publishers and working to get her research published.

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07 Feb 2019
Publishing Advice for the New Scholar

early career researchers

Read the interview.

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08 Mar 2018
Hear About the Publishing Experience From Springer Nature Authors

book publishing

Read the interview.

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22 Feb 2018

career advice

Read the interview.

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14 Dec 2017

career advice

Read the interview.

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16 Nov 2017

Read the interview.

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04 May 2017

career advice

Read the interview.

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23 Feb 2017

Innovation

Read the interview.

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09 Feb 2017

early career researchers

Read the interview.

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04 Aug 2016

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