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REYES, M. Fernanda et al. Certainties and uncertainties affecting the postdoctoral phase of the scientific career in Argentina. Ecol. austral [online]. 2018, vol.28, n.3, pp.537-542. ISSN 1667-782X.

In the postdoctoral stage several challenges and questions define our development and consolidation as researchers. Based on the guidance of trained researchers, we identified various certainties and uncertainties during this phase. We also highlight several tools to achieve a good academic performance and obtain a position as researchers of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET). The main certainty was that publishing is a 'must': it is essential to transmit the knowledge to the community and it is the most valued aspect by the CONICET. However, a publication involves much more than writing a manuscript. Detecting the conceptual contribution and the originality of our work is fundamental. One of the uncertainties identified was producing several high-impact publications, while performing other activities (e.g., human resources training, teaching, grant applications and stays abroad) during the seven years that fellowships usually last (five for Ph.D. and two for postdoctoral fellowships). Other uncertainties are the constantly changing rules and the increasing requisites to meet CONICET conditions for researchers. Besides, the scarce stability of resources to research and the need to develop original ideas are particularly uncertain at this stage. Those wanting to develop a scientific career in Argentina must outline a strategy. We propose ‘successful’ postdoctoral fellows’ profiles to find pathways towards a permanent position at the CONICET scientific career, with good development prospects. As a way to open a fruitful debate, your survey feedback will be highly valued. Said survey is available at (, until March 31st, 2019), addressed to doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers with permanent positions. This will allow opening the range of profiles and opinions. This debate may be a guide for those young researchers willing to perform successfully as Scientists within our country.

Palabras clave : Training researchers; Scientific publications; Activities balance; Question marks.

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