The NIH has announced that changes to the biosketch format are at hand, slated for applications going in early 2015. http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/05/22/changes-to-the-biosketch/?utm_source=nexus&utm_medium=email&utm_content=nihupdate&utm_campaign=may14. Although one never knows exactly what this institution is thinking, it’s likely that this change is being driven, in part, by the increasingly complicated nature of publication metrics. New journals and online-only journals, for example, don’t have reliable (or sometimes any) impact factors, so it’s getting harder and harder to easily judge journal quality. And there are simply so many more journals than ever, some good and some not so good. As Sally Rockey said in her column, “The new NIH biosketch emphasizes your accomplishments instead of just a list of publications, which, as previously discussed, we questioned as the best way to showcase your scientific contributions.”
What Has Actually Changed?
What Can You Do to Prepare?
2015 is not too far away so start thinking about these changes and what you want to emphasize about your lines of research thus far. C3 is available to start helping you draft text and get it shipshape and ready to go.
And… have a happy summer from C3.