ForestGEO staff and collaborators have identified the following resources as helpful to their work in mentoring students and early-career researchers. They are organized into three topics: science writing, software support, and statistical analysis. Click the + next to each category to explore these topics and review descriptions of each resource.
Most of these resources are meant for beginners. When a resource is intended for advanced-level practitioners we have indicated so with the following symbol: (A).
"How to write a scientific paper" is a short blog post from ConservationBytes.com that outlines an 11-step process that goes through conducting research, mind-mapping initial thoughts, creating figures, and circulating final drafts for feedback.
"How to construct a Nature summary paragraph" is a color-coded diagram that details how to write an abstract according to the Nature guide to authors.
"Ten simple rules for structuring papers" is an 8-page editorial in PLOS Computational Biology that provides straightforward guidelines for writing scientific papers and explains why those rules are important. Although aimed at students who are learning to write a scientific paper, it can also serve as a helpful review of how to navigate a scientific paper as a reader.
"Writing a research article: advice to beginners" is a short article in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care that explains the sections of a scientific paper and contains two summary tables that show typical manuscript structure and common mistakes.
"Intro to R" is a series of short (2-5 minutes) videos from Google Developers that begin with basic orientation to R and become increasingly specialized.
R Crash Course is a 40-page introduction to R by Colin T. Kremer. It includes a detailed table of contents that allows you to navigate quickly to the section you need to reference..
An Introduction to R is a 100-page text by W. N. Venables, D. M. Smith, and the R Core Team that provides a comprehensive tutorial on R and its functions.
"Tools & Learning Resources" is a short list of resources from ForestGEO’s Ecosystems and Climate Lab to help you get started with scientific data and project management, R and R Studio, GitHub, and various reference managers.
Stack Overflow is an open platform for finding answers to computer programming questions. Users can submit a question or search a database of already answered questions to quickly receive advice on R programming challenges.
(A) "A Tutorial on Loops in R - Usage and Alternatives" is an in-depth blog post from r-bloggers.com with extensive code examples.