Resources for Emerging Researchers

This blog post was originally written for and published by the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) Emerging Researcher Group (ERGO) section of the December 2012 Newsletter. It has been, and will continue to be, updated as I find out about new resources.


The number of resources for PhD students and emerging researchers available on the internet has increased exponentially in recent years.  To assist in discovering those which can be the most helpful in navigating the difficult and often confusing (but very rewarding) path to an academic career, the ERGO group (with the assistance of the PhD Group at CHERE) has put together a list of online resources.  The list is aimed at early career researchers, including PhD students, but many of the resources listed may be of interest to anyone working in health services research.

Websites / blogs

Following the blogs of people in your field can expose you to the latest research, as well as upcoming conferences, funding opportunities.  There are also a number of websites and blogs aimed specifically at PhD students and early career researchers, often with a focus on writing.

Name Summary Web / Twitter
Incidental Economist “Contemplating health care with a focus on research, an eye on reform”
Thesis Whisperer “newspaper style blog dedicated to helping research students”
Healthecon-all Subscription email list which distributes messages to the international health economics community.  Set up in 1995 it has 1300 members
Academic HE Blog UK-centric blog for news, analysis and developments in health economics
PHTwitter Journal Club ‘Meets’ fortnightly to discuss selected public health related academic papers
Simply stats 3 biostats profs post interesting ideas, article links and advice for new statisticians.
3-month thesis “uncommon guide to thesis writing & phd life”
AcWriMo Academic Writing Month – set a writing goal, make it public, work on it in Nov 2012 #AcWriMo


Twitter feeds are another good way of staying in touch with people and organizations who work in a similar area.

  • Health economics – @ScHARR – HEDS; @HERC_Oxford; #healtheconomics;
  • PhD students / early career researchers – @PhD2Published; @hildabast; #PhDchat; #Ecrchat;


Organisations to join

The following organizations have opportunities or resources specifically for early career researchers and/or PhD students

Name Early career researcher specific activities and resources Web / Twitter
  • Discounted student membership prices and conference registration
  • Special interest group for emerging researchers (ERGO)
  • ERGO facebook page with sharing of information, resources and opportunities
  • Mentoring program
  • ERGO specific activities at bi-annual conference (including ERGO dinner and ERGO lunchtime session)
  • ERGO seminars and workshops
  • Job opportunities advertised through mailing list
  • PhD Student prize
  • Discounted student membership prices and conference registration
  • Research tools repository
  • Many educational opportunities (although not specific to ECR)
  • Job opportunities listing
  • Discounted student membership prices and conference registration
  • PhD scholarships for conference attendance
  • PhD scholarships for annual conference
  • New Investigators Special Interest Group
  • New Investigators Blog

iPhone / iPad apps

These apps will all make your student / research life easier!

Name Summary
Dropbox To access all your docs from any computer, and this can include your EndNote library.  There is a special promotion at the moment if you have a student/uni email address you get an extra 3Gb storage
Endnote for iPad Access your EndNote library on the go. You will need to set up an EndNote web account, but then your articles, including PDF’s will be available anywhere, anytime.
GoodNotes To review/revise documents
EverNote For taking notes
TeamViewer To access your computer remotely
Toodledo To do list
Pomodoro Timers
  • Pomodoro Time Management Lite by rapidrabbit
  • Simple Pomodoro Timer from SourcePad
  • 30/30  – a more flexible version – you can set various time limits for a list of tasks, and it will tell you when to move on to the next one
  •  –  a free online timer for desktop based pomodoros


Do you have an iPad app you couldn’t live without, or a blog that you really enjoy?  We would love to keep expanding and updating this list of resources, so please let us know if you have other resources that you find useful as an early career researcher.