suggested reads for June 10, 2018



Suggested reads for April 8, 2018



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ORCID – connecting Research and Researchers


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

I’ve discovered ORCID some days ago, reading the always interesting Better Posters weblog with the post Identifying poster authors: conference organizers, ask for ORCIDs!.

In the article an interesting example of scientific authorship homonymy was put in evidence, making me think about how in scientific publications there’s a general and accepted publication identification (via PubMed or similar codes) and the lack of Author’s secure, unique, individual identification.

So, while I’m still a technical person who doesn’t get involved too often in actual publication – but works behind the set – I’ve made an Orcid for me, and I’m spreading the word about it.

Please do the same.

And now a last word on Orcid. Probably the system would be better accepted if each of us can upload an actual picture of ourselves, and be facilitated in publication’s ownership via a tools which queries externals publications databases. Also giving the possibility to add two – or more – websites and ‘social’ profiles (ie. Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing ones) would be a nice plus IMHO…


Turn It Up: How the Right Amount of Ambient Noise Increases Creativity

A paper published late last year in the Journal of Consumer Research, argues that the ideal work environment for creative projects should contain a little bit of background noise. […] researchers found that those in the 70 decibel group, exposed to a moderate level of ambient noise, significantly out-performed those in the other three groups. The background noise boosted their creative thinking.


Regardless of what method you choose, the trick is to make sure your expose to only a moderate level of background noise. Let your mind wander, but not too far, and take advantage of the creative boost of distracted focus.

David Articles

One of the few true joy of my working office and environment is that in our four people’s room we all love music and my iTunes library (or Last.FM years ago or Spotify today or YouTube/disco) is always running … sometimes colleagues from nearby rooms also makes requests 😀