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Exceptional academic writing is best done with a system.

To achieve outstanding publication and citation success.

Here are my 7 secret publishing strategies to get 28k citations in 15 years ↓

@academicvoices @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife
1. Use incremental studies for high-impact, low-effort publications

• Focus on niche areas with less competition.
• Develop expertise in a specific area or methodology.
• Use your unique perspective or resources.

Scan the recent Future Work to find your next increments.
2. Decide where to publish without wasting time & effort

• Research the impact factor & reputation of target journals.
• Align your research topic with the journal's scope.
• Consider open-access options for increased visibility.

Create a ranked list of your target journals
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Academic writing is hard!

But the more you read, the more you realise that the most prolific academic writers use the same sentences again & again.

Here are 40 sentence templates to write better & faster manuscripts:

[thread] ⬇️

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
❓What are sentence templates?

Sentence templates are repeatable sentence structures you can adapt to fit your own research.

They're like the scaffolding for your sentence.

Using them lets you focus on your message rather than worrying how to say it.

Here are some examples:

• Despite extensive research on [topic], much is still to be learned about [specific aspect].
• With [trend], it is crucial to [objective].
• While previous studies have focused on [aspect], this paper examines [new aspect].
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Dear international researchers,
Yesterday, colleagues criticized a promotion video, produced in 2022, representing Germany as a #ResearchWonderland. #IchBinHanna #IchBinReyhan #AcademicChatter 1/13
Neither does the clip’s protagonist speak a word,nor are there any subtitles,only images of happy-go-lucky people having a great time while staring into Petri dishes,sitting in the library or scribbling formulas before jumping into a lake,underscored by funky music. 2/13
The clip’s title is ‘Two Minutes in a Research Wonderland’. Two minutes, however, are quite short, aren’t they, almost as short as the multiple short-term contracts expecting you once you fall down the rabbit hole and enter this German #ResearchWonderland: 3/13
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All the horrible things I have thought and done during my #PhD that I was absolutely sure nobody else was thinking or doing

(but which, actually, they all absolutely were)

#phdlife #phdchat #phdtips #academicchatter #academictwitter @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie
🗯️ They're going to figure out that I'm not actually capable of doing this work

🗯️ I have no idea what I'm doing

🗯️ I don't think I'm ever going to figure out how to plan and structure this thesis
🗯️ I don't even get the most basic theories in my field that everyone else seems to be quoting off the top of their heads

🗯️ I've honestly never heard of Foucault / Bourdieu / Irigaray / Donna Haraway until right now (theories we 'should' all know in feminist/gender studies)
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The more I read recommendation letters, the less I want to rely on them.

Many people will disagree with me. But I will still say that:

#AcademicChatter #phdlife #research Image
1. Recommendation letters promote elitism.
“You are not from a famous advisor’s group..? Sorry, you don’t belong here.”

2. When poorly written, a recommendation letter devaluates the candidate.
“This student has such a dull reference… It’s clearly not for us.”
3. Recommendation letters is a way to indirectly control and even intimidate students and postdocs.
“You don’t want to spend 15 hours a day on your research? But then how can I write a good recommendation letter for you?”
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Unpopular opinion: There isn't actually anything you HAVE TO DO in your #PhD or #research>>>


#phdlife #phdchat #phdtip #academictwitter #academicchatter
Yeah, yeah, I know all the agency vs structure people are going to crawl up my arsehole now and get very angry.

But what about privilege?!
But what about systemic oppressions?

Okay but hear me out first...
Apart from things like, say, breathing, there are few things that we inherently HAVE TO DO

Whenever we say we *have* to do something, it is actually a choice we are making about what we prioritise + value more

I'm not saying this is easy
or that the choices are equally weighted
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🔬🚀 Are we slowing down on groundbreaking scientific discoveries and technological innovations? 😱 A recent study in @Nature analyzed millions of scientific papers and patents and found that disruptive work has become less common since 1945. 🤔 Why is this happening?
Researchers are calling for a rethink on how we conduct scientific research. 💡 Do you think this slowdown is a cause for concern or just a natural progression? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
To learn more, read this paper written by @michae1park, @russellfunk, and Erin Leahey:

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Father and Assistant Professor Arno Solin on stage today at @CSAalto speaking about the challenges of balancing the responsibilities of fatherhood and a career in academia. How does one manage time and priorities to find fulfilment in both? @arnosolin @AaltoUniversity @FCAI_fi Arno Solin dressed in a whi...
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been to a talk about this topic within #academia and it’s wonderful that we have places to share these experiences, although I don’t have clear-cut answers.’
‘This is how I would usually present myself in an academic talk. I won’t be doing that today.’ A slide from a presentation...
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I asked AI what folk wisdom to help academics.
It came up with these meaningful and hillarious answers:

@OpenAcademics #AcademicChatter
@OpenAcademics "Deadlines come and go, but don't forget to take time to smell the roses."

Good advice in general. Too often do we forget that what matters is experience – in a century we will all be dead and our struggles rendered meaningless.

Enjoy life while it lasts.
@OpenAcademics "The greatest lessons in life come not from what you know, but from what you don't know"

Spoken like a true pirate Captain. Stepping out of the comfort zone when we get the chance - speak publically, teach a course we don't fully understand – all that, is food for courage.
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And to my colleagues? The ones calling me "crazy" or "not believable" ? I will be writing about you next.

I mean, if I feel like it.

I don't know if I feel like it. I have not decided yet.

I have two other books with @HarperCollins before I get around to writing abt you
There's no way in hell I'm going to interrupt my current memoir to suddenly pay attention to some standard abuse that we disabled faculty (and students and staff) receive all the time. Abuse so standard? I already wrote about version of it

No, the memoir will not be about you.
What do I mean by "I already wrote about version of [standard abuse of disabled ppl inside higher ed]" ?

Here's "Some Husbands I Work With." It appears in @epiphanylit and these are tags & content warnings : #EmilyDickinson #SpousalHires #Censorship #Disabled #AcademicChatter Photo of a piece of paper w...
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Academic Writing is a skill all on it’s own. And it can be a hard one to master.

Luckily there are now AI tools that can teach you how to be a better academic writer.

Here are 3 ways Paperpal helped me:


#academia #phdlife #phdchat #science #AcademicChatter #phdvoice
Paperpal is an AI tool that has been trained on millions of academic research papers.

It understands how manuscripts are written and supports over 1300 subject areas.

Paperpal can give grammar and language suggestions that actually improve your manuscript while you write.
And I love using the MS word plug in it to write my manuscript !

As a non-native English speaker I'd say my English is pretty good, but sometimes finding the right word or synonym to get my point across can be a hassle. And I'm never 1 to pass up ways to improve my writing!
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Say goodbye to high #ArticleProcessingCharges!

Here is the ultimate guide to publishing your next paper for FREE: 🧵👇

#AcademicTwitter #openaccess #postdoc
@PostdocVoice @OpenAcademics @StoriesImg
@ThePhDPlace #phdlife #phd
1. DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals - 1) Go to 2) Search for journals 3) Apply filter "Without: APCs"

After finding a journal, check if they're indexed or not.

I was surprised by the number and quality of articles I saw on DOAJ.
2. University Agreements: Your University may have an agreement with specific scientific journals to publish articles for FREE or at a reduced cost.

Check your University's website for details. @UofT, for example, has 100% waivers with 8 publishers:…
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Presenting a paper at an academic conference can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you make a great impression! 📈💻

A thread 🧵

#AcademicConference #PresentationTips #phdlife @PhDVoice @Phd_Reality
1. Know your audience: Tailor your presentation to the specific conference and attendees. 🤝#KnowYourAudience
Practice, practice, practice: Rehearse your presentation multiple times to become comfortable with the material. 💪 #PracticeMakesPerfect
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BREAKING: Ron DeSantis just held a press conference in Sarasota, Florida w/ Christopher Rufo, the engineer of the right wing panic over #criticalracetheory & newly appointed Trustee at @NewCollegeofFL...
DeSantis claims that "the dominant view of higher ed is to impose ideological conformity & political activism" rather than providing a foundation for students to think for themselves.

DeSantis: dominant view is manifested in #DEI & #CRT & constitute a drain on resources...
DeSantis claims:
-requiring diversity statements is akin to taking a political oath.
-Professors that vow to treat everyone the same are punished.
-a lot of money is spent on #DEI in higher ed despite schools reporting less than 1% of budget spent on diversity initiatives.
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As an academic writing coach, here are the 7 most common mistakes I see researchers make when writing the Introduction section of their paper.

A thread. 🧵

#AcademicChatter #AcWri #newPI
#1: Not describing the problem that your study is solving

🌪️ The purpose of your Introduction section is to motivate the need for your study. Introducing tension is a great way of doing that!
#2: The Introduction section is too long

📏 Only mention research that gives context to the problem you are solving. The Introduction section isn't a literature review!
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In the context of inverted classrooms, AI systems like #ChatGPT can provide more individualisation in at least two areas. A thread. (1/x)

#flipclass #invertedclassroom #twlz #twittercampus #academicchatter #academictwitter #highered #digitalization #education
1) Individualised instruction: Teachers may no longer need to provide extensive materials (videos, texts, ...). In the preparation phase, students can ask the AI bot to explain concepts to them: "Please explain the five essential aspects of X." [...] (2/x)
"I didn't quite understand aspect 3. Can you please explain it in more detail?" When chatbots also let avatars speak (as at, for example), we are not far away from individualised explanatory videos created on demand. (3/x)
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I have written 300+ peer-reviewed scientific papers in the last 15 years with more than 27,000 citations.

Here is how I use sentence templates to write abstracts at lightning speed. ↓

@acm_chi @academicvoices @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife
Most abstracts follow this 3-act mini paper structure:

1. Study purpose & background

2. Methods, analysis, main results

3. Takeaways: Meaning, contribution, limitations & future research

Let's give you some sentence templates to steal for each part below.
1.a Study Purpose

• This research aims to investigate/analyze/examine the causes of/the relationship between…

• The objective of this work is to understand/elucidate/uncover…

• The aim of this study is to provide/generate/develop a comprehensive understanding of…
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Most academic writing is awful at concision.

It's always:

• Verbose verbiage
• Prolix prose
• Jumbled jargon

Horrible to read.

Here's how top academic writers tweak their text. ↓
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phdvoice #phdstudent Hero image with text in front of yellow background (with pat
1. 'Irregardless' is a word, but don't use it.

The dictionary shows it's a word but also labels it as non-standard and incorrect in standard English.

Use either 'irrespective' or 'regardless.' This shows the dictionary definition of irregardless. Irrega
2. There is more than one way to write the possessive form of a word that ends in S.

Most academics are used to AP style, where the possessive of a word ending in S gets an apostrophe.

→ James' paper

But Chicago style recommends against that for clarity.

→ James's paper Two different styles of possessives ending in S from The Chi
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The first time I did a literature review, it took me months.

Now i can do it in a week.


I spent 500+ hours refining a system for my notes. Here's is the end result:

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ScienceTwitter
1. Get one tool.

I use @obsdmd, as an "academic operating system".
It contains everything: My notes, PDFs, annotations, mind maps, writing.

Don't get stuck in the past with MS Word.

@obsdmd 2. Create a simple structure for your notes. Simplicity will determine how much you use it.

"Don't make me think" is the core principle here.

Here's is a system I have been using for 100s of notes – effortlessly.

It relies on 4 types of notes:
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Read less – learn more.

Cut down your PhD or literature review reading list by 75%:

Here is a simple 3-step workflow:

#AcademicChatter #ScienceTwitter #AcademicTwitter
We will use the 80/20 principle and identify the 20% top papers from these 3 categories:

► Most Cited: Foundational, often dated work

► Most Recent: Cutting edge, often no citations

► Most References: Review papers

It's super easy with @LitmapsApp. (free acct is enough)
@LitmapsApp 1. Navigate to "Your Library" in Litmaps.

Your library is organised in collections, or folders containing your papers.

(If you're using Zotero, Mendeley etc, I'll show you how to import into litmaps in a second. )
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PhD Planning Masterclass:

Have you heard of a Kanban Board?

✅ 90% of companies use this visual Japanese planning tool.
❌ Most academics, never heard of it.

Here's my project-manager-turned-phd guide.
Merge pdfs, notes & planning into a single system:

This is part 2️⃣ of the tutorial.

In the first part we made a coarse strategic plan.

In this part we are going into more detail to the level of tasks.

Here is the first "high-level" planning tutorial:
⚡️ Break Down your tasks

To get from strategy to action, we break down our tasks.

Subdivide until they are small & actionable.

Ideal size per task: 2-4 hrs.

An example from my PhD.

We break down the big, strategic task:
"Predicting the Future of a New Zealand Forest" 🌳
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I made a poll in #AcademicTwitter.

❌ More than 80% don't know this tool yet (p < 0.05).

So here is a beginners guide to @authorea,
an online tool to write your papers.

If you haven't heard of it, you will love it.

⬇️ 🎥 🏞️

#AcademicChatter #ScienceTwitter Image
@authorea @authorea makes writing a paper with multiple authors easy.

No more emailing files back and forth.

Make an account on Authorea . com

• Free for <10 documents
• 10$ / mo for unlimited
• 100$ / mo to publish and get a DOI

Once logged in, hit the + button at the top. Image
@authorea 2. EDITING

As simple as Word or Google Docs,
with all your academic needs taken care of.

Hit the "insert" button at the top to add:

☑︎ Citations
☑︎ Formulae (Latex)
☑︎ Figures
☑︎ Tables Image
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Hey #AcademicTwitter

Collaborating on your paper/thesis/manuscript 🧑‍🤝‍🧑.

How do you do it?

Asking for a friend.

#AcademicChatter #ScienceTwitter
Wow so much participation, thank you everyone one.

I made a small tutorial on the "other" section. Coming in a tiny bit.

Also curious to hear the experiences, what annoys you about the current workflow.
Google Docs won!

You are then ready for the "Google Docs for Academics"

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I've been asked to make some predictions for 2023. Fine. Be careful what you wish for.

#2023Predictions #lawtwitter #AcademicChatter
1. @Tesla will not be any closer to a self driving car that doesn't kill pedestrians. It will, however, be closer to a self-driving stock that kills shareholders.

2. Law schools will continue to withdraw from the U.S. News rankings. Law schools will continue to advertise how well they are doing in U.S. News and other rankings. They'll reward faculty based on rankings all the while telling each other rankings don't matter.
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