1. Hi Miodrag, you have joined Peerwith early 2016 as an Expert. What do you see as benefits of a peer-2-peer platform for researcher services, both as an expert and as a researcher looking to improve their work?
When I had read the article in Nature journal about Peerwith, I thought that it could be a really exciting journey for researchers starting their careers but also for experienced scientists that work as experts. The idea of peer-2-peer communication is actually the great one since many young colleagues, unfortunately, face huge difficulties along their road toward a degree: broadly defined research topics, lacking adequate literature, language problems, and sometimes even problems with supervision of their work. We live in an information era when you can seemingly find everything on the web and social networks, however, researchers, even more, need an understanding of their issues and would ask for a professional help with a human aspect of cooperation. At Peerwith, the expertise they will be provided with is highly professional, correct, precise, and fair. That’s why peer-2-peer platform is beneficial for researchers looking for improvement of their scientific work. From the aspect of an expert, a possibility to cooperate with colleagues around the world is priceless. You can see their way of thinking, motivation, knowledge, and make even long-lasting connections. It is important to say that experts also learn from researchers since learning is a never-ending story. This is a two-way street, and experts should always have that in mind. Personally, Peerwith is a great platform and I really look forward to meeting new people and share knowledge with them.
2. What’s the most interesting piece of work you’ve ever edited?
Well, it is really hard to say that. Each request is specific, like a jigsaw puzzle, and requires a unique solution. I am most happy when a request requires brainstorming with the client, such as defining of the topic, considering of different options, and creating collaboratively a final shape. However, those requests are definitely the toughest. Besides, editing of manuscripts that do not come directly from my area of expertise is very exciting and requires the highest level of concentration.
3. Can you tell us something about your customers and your relationship with them, do you often receive requests from researchers you have worked with before?
My clients come from different countries worldwide; some of them are doing their degrees, while the others are more industrially oriented. My relationship with them is very professional, with strict respect of given deadlines, and fulfilling all specific requirements they have in their requests. I have several connections that make new requests more than others, but it depends on their actual position. It is important to make a good preparation of our cooperation and to be clear what will be done in a particular request. That’s something that all of us still learn.
4. Finally, could you share your three top tips for researchers looking to improve the impact of their work?
The first thing is motivation & patience. They have to be highly motivated to get what they want. Doing MSc or Ph.D. is not a 100 m race, but rather a marathon, and they need a lot of nerves. Science is exciting because we do not know what we will get – we are in the process of making it. That’s how things evolve and develop. Everything is in the literature, maybe the solution of the problem, or something that will trigger us to think in a correct direction.
The second thing is precise defining of their expectations either from the particular request or their thesis. That is closely related to time management. If they learn it now, they will benefit from that in the entire career. You cannot do everything in a single piece of work. Nobody can.
Finally, scientific work requires something that can be called a “triple I strategy” – imagination, intuition, and intelligence. Any problem should be properly imagined, researchers should recall from their scientific experience and actual consideration of the problem, and afterward, apply already gained knowledge and connect all pieces in the final figure. It requires a lot of reading, improving each piece of the work step by step, and going forward without fear. There is the solution for everything.
Get in touch with Dr. Lukic and request his help via his Peerwith expert page: http://peerwith.expert/drmiodraglukic
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