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Desires of K-CONNEX in designing programs

— Elaborating the abilities of building and transmitting a story of research —

Researchers’ missions are to discover new academic knowledge via research and to transmit knowledge to the world. A convincing “story of research” is the foundation for fulfilling a series of tasks from planning research to dispatching knowledge discovered. K-CONNEX believes that researchers should always bear the following three goals in mind: to improve their abilities of assembling research achievements into a story, transmitting the knowledge, and proposing various support programs.

Building a clear and attractive research story

When a person engaged in research discovers new academic knowledge in his or her study, the researcher should publish the knowledge in a scientific journal and correctly transmit the research achievement to the public. To achieve these tasks, a logical and clear story of research, which can pass strict peer review, must be told in a scientific paper. For the discovery to be published in a high-impact journal, the story needs to not only be clear but must also have intellectual attractiveness so that peer reviewers find the research achievements outstanding.

Changing the way of telling the story of research depending on the reader

The importance of writing a clear and attractive story of research is not only for peer-reviewed papers. It also applies to applications for competitive research funds examined by judges and for explaining the technical contents of research to the general public. When communicating the research story to the general public, it is essential is to write a story from a broad perspective rather than highly exclusive viewpoint. On the other hand, when communicating with those who have technical knowledge, the story should be written from a highly technical viewpoint. The ability to appropriately change the viewpoint and terms in writing a story of research depending on the reader is indispensable for constructing a story of research that is easy to understand by its intended audience story

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Writing a story of research from both broad prospective and scientific viewpoints

If the members of a laboratory are compared to a fleet of vessels traveling on unknown seas (unknown research field), the principal investigator (PI) is the mother ship that determines the course, and the other members are vessels traveling along with the mother ship. The PI is required to build research stories for each member, summarize them into a large-scale story of research, and clarify the direction (major goal) of the laboratory. On the other hand, the PI should also excise a small story from of the big research story of the laboratory and allot it to a student or post-doctoral fellow as his or her theme of research (individual goal). The ability to construct a story of research from both broad perspective and technical viewpoints is indispensable for a researcher who aims to be a principal investigator.


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