Frequently Asked Questions
This content was last modified on 27 August 2021.
Figbox is an online platform built by volunteering scholars for scholars. We are also open to suggestions and donations to keep us running. We would love to hear from you. To get in touch with us you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our support page on twitter: https://twitter.com/figboxsupport
Figbox was inspired by an interdisciplinary team of scholars who are affiliated with the following universities: Imperial College of London, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Yale University, Harvard university and the University of Chicago. We provide a safe and secure online environment where scholars at different levels (independent researchers, research assistants, masters students, PhD students, research fellows, postdocs, professors at all levels, former academics) can connect and help each other through the exchange of personalized feedback and academic content. Note figbox is not a predatory journal or a part of a corporation posing as an academic institution. We are not interested in intellectually or financially exploiting academic scholars for their scholarly efforts but are intently focused on inspiring scholars around the world. If you ever have any questions, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!
Yes! Figbox is free to use. You also do not need to download any additional software to your personal computer. Secondly, we strongly encourage, if you decide to join the figbox community, to sign up using the “Sign Up with ORCID” feature which can be found on our home page. We are also partnered with Stripe, Inc. Both Stripe and ORCID is a trusted interfaces used by millions of scholars and people around the world and has a proven track record of reliability and integrity. Note that if you decide to leave figbox, you can indeed disconnect your figbox account from your ORCID account. Thirdly, the figbox interface includes an SSL certificate, which can be found on the left corner in your browser. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is an encryption technology used to create a secure connection between figbox and all current and future users. Finally, you can delete your figbox account at any time by going to your Account Settings tab.
Select the edit profile button, click on “view mentorship status”. Next select invite scholar, enter their emails and they will be automatically sent a notification asking to connect you on figbox.
Go to Account Settings, select the notification tab, and finally choose the notification option you prefer.
To block a scholar, simply go to either your mentees or mentors list. Select the icon next to the message icon and unadd that user from your list. This scholar will no longer be able to message you on figbox unless you accept a future request. If you would like to report a scholar, please send us an email at email@example.com with your reasoning.
Postdoc scholars (Junior Professors)
When a junior scholar sends you a request, you will receive an email notification which will include details about the request. For example, a junior scholar is required to indicate the nature of the request by selecting one the following mentorship types:
The next time you login to figbox, you will be able to see the request under your mentee tab. At this time, you can view the profile of the potential junior scholar by clicking directly on their name. In the event you would like to accept the request, simply select the accept button to which a message icon button will appear next to the scholar’s name.
Please read the following article: https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2010/10/top-10-tips-mentors/ Included within this Science article are tips on how you can do to improve your mentorship skills.
To receive cash donations (lunch money), you will need to make sure have a method payment on file. This can be added on your account settings tab located near your avatar. You can add a payment method through our secure Stripe payment method system. Note that donations are optional, however we do encourage mentees to donate especially if the feedback and content being provided will help advance their careers
To add your stripe account on figbox, first check if Stripe is supported at your location. Click link to check: Available Countries: Find Stripe in Your Country | Stripe. Assuming Stripe supports your location, simply select the arrow on the top right-hand corner next to your profile picture. Click Account Settings. Next, click "Enable". NOTE FIGBOX DOES NOT STORE ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, THIS IS CONTROLLED BY STRIPE. After clicking "Enable", you will be forwarded to a safe and secure system managed by our partner Stripe, Inc. Once your personal information has been verified by Stripe, you will be sent back to figbox where the once "Enable" button will have now changed to "Enabled". Note to receive cash donations (lunch money) directly to your bank account you will need to enable your Stripe account. Further note that you can always disconnect your stripe account by moving your mouse over the "Enabled" button and then selecting "Disconnect".
Select edit profile and under your avatar click on the blue slider. Once this is done, you will see your green available status change to red (unavailable at the moment) Junior Scholars (mentees)
Junior Scholars (mentees)
Simply enter your research interest in the search browser or filter the search engine per your requirement. At this point you will see a list of scholars that match your interest. Take the time to browse through their profile and when you find a scholar who you think will make a great mentor, select the request mentorship button next to their name. At this point you will be asked to select one of the following mentorship types:
This information will then be sent to the requested scholar. You will be able to check the status of your mentorship request under the mentors tab. Next to the scholar’s name will be a button that reads “requested”. If the scholar, thinks you are a good fit (based on the information you have provided on your profile page), and accepts your mentorship request, you will see a message icon next to the scholar’s name where you can directly message the scholar.
Since the scholar has clearly indicated that they are interested in taking you on as a mentee, you should take advantage of this opportunity and directly message the mentor. For example, introduce yourself, your area of research etc. We strongly encourage to discuss with the postdoc the terms of the content/feedback you need and what you both expect to gain.
No! Using figbox is free. Donations (minimum of $1) to a postdoc scholar is optional. However, we strongly encourage you to consider donating to the postdoc scholar especially if the feedback and content provided will help advance your career. For example, as an academic you are aware that most scholars are over worked and, in many cases, underpaid and under-valued. For example, consider the following Nature article: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03191-7, which discusses how unfairly academicians are paid. Note that your donations will help the scholar pay for their living expenses such as food and transportation cost.
No, you can also be a mentor so long as you have the right experience.