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The Da Vinci Code and the alphabet of research

Dominic A Fitzgerald, David Isaacs and Steve Isaacs
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): 816. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10770
Published online: 16 December 2013

We offer an alphabetical guide into the opaque and mystical world of research

Many are called to do research, but few are chosen. How is this possible in an era of improved gender equality, educational access and global connectivity? The answer lies in the secret “Da Vinci Code” of research: the unwritten interpretation of the alphabet of research that touches us all through serial rejection of grant applications and scientific articles. Out of a sense of duty to fellow researchers, and with just a subtle hint of projection, we have chosen to share the secrets of this Code with you.

  • Dominic A Fitzgerald1,2
  • David Isaacs1,2
  • Steve Isaacs3

  • 1 Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Waltham Forest and Romford, London, UK.


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