Guides to Better Science

We publish a range of free guides to promote research excellence - ideal for those embarking on a career in research or for those needing a useful refresher. Each guide offers plenty of practical tips from a wide range of ecologists - an invaluable resource for students and their supervisors all around the world.

Guides to Better Science

A Guide to Reproducible Code

The way we do science is changing – data are getting bigger, analyses more complex, and governments, funders and the scientific method itself demand transparency and accountability in research. One way to deal with these changes is to make our research is reproducible, especially our code. This guide covers all the basic tools and information you need to start making your code more reproducible.

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A Guide to Getting Published

生态学与进化学论文发表指南  [translated version – Simplified Chinese]

Publishing research results is a necessary part of the scientific process and is crucial for an academic career. This guide for early career researchers explains how to get published, with advice on selecting the right journal, writing effectively and dealing with decision letters. Editors from across the BES journals provide their own tips and lessons-learned from publishing in ecology and evolution.

A Guide to Data Management

Good data management is fundamental to research excellence. It produces high-quality research data that are accessible to others and usable in the future. This guide for early career researchers explains what data and data management are, and provides advice and examples of best practices in data management, including case studies from researchers currently working in ecology and evolution.

‘This guide gives a really useful up to date overview of good data management practices with hints, tips, checklists and quotes regarding the planning, creation, processing, documenting, preservation, sharing and re-use of data.’ 
– Graham Beddoe, Quality Manager, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

A Guide to Peer Review

Reviewing for scientific journals is a skill, one that is learned through practice and experience. This guide for early career researchers provides a succinct overview of the many aspects of peer review, from hands-on practical advice about the actual process to explaining the less tangible aspect, such as reviewer ethics.

All of our Guides to Better Science are free of charge at the moment. If you have found them useful, you can donate to the print costs by texting GUID20 £3 to 70070 (UK phones only). Help us keep them free for everyone to use.