Research Tips & Stories for Everyone
Every researcher was once a newcomer to academic research. We all learn from various resources in many forms including personal mentoring, research group protocols, published articles and data, friends' help, and so on. Essentially, these resources built and shared by others are true enablers that make all of us be part of the exciting academic journey either in academia or industry and will be for the future generations of researchers as they were to us.
Research papers are for communications of our ideas, academic achievements to our peers, to our society, and to the knowledge basis of humankind in the largest sense. As the dominant forms of communications have evolved – from written/printed texts in the paper publications to include images and videos in the recent digital publications – the necessary resources to help the growing researchers to absorb necessary skills have evolved too. Writing skills have been firmly part of the traditional academic training either by personal mentoring or institutional curriculum. However, more recent forms of communications, especially visual communications by images, illustrations, etc have been less formalized in terms of training of the growing researchers. One of the most conspicuous issues in this rather lagging demand-education chasm is that it is hard to find resources on visual communication skills in academic research except through exclusive mentor-mentee training.
Well, this is a big problem, so no single individual can solve it. Of course, I am far short of doing so. However, reflecting on my struggles to self-educate lots of things without good resources, I want to find ways to contribute. So, I wish to share some of the schematic illustrations of my previously written papers in the original Adobe Illustrator files with my small wish that these might be helpful for my colleagues and peers. I hope that I can catch up with my ever-delaying plan to provide more detailed tips on these topics too, but I think it would be worthy to share these first.
So, the following list provides the bibliographic information of the paper with links to the selected original Adobe Illustrator files for figure schematics that I made before. To avoid potential issues other than serving the main purpose of sharing resources, all selected schematic figures were prepared by myself & before-copyediting versions (so copyright belongs to me) and I have removed all data plots and images other than schematic figures. Please note that the reproduction/reuse of these resources would require appropriate procedures (citation, permission, etc) per the publisher’s policy of the paper to which each figure belongs.
Selected list of my papers with schematic illustration files
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