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As an academic writing coach, here are the 9 mistakes I see PhD and grad students make when writing scientific papers.

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#PhDchat #ECRchat
#1: Thinking it’s laziness when you are procrastinating on your paper

🦥 Most PhD students procrastinate writing their paper (aka have ‘blank page syndrome’) not because they are lazy but because they don’t know where to start tackling this overwhelming project.
#2: Starting to write your paper by “writing”

📋 The first step of writing a paper isn’t to type out full sentences. It’s more efficient to first develop your story and create a good outline so writing just becomes filling in the gaps.
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I 🧡 podcasts. 🎧

If you do too, here are 15 recommendations (in no particular order) for podcasts about writing, research and academic life.

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#AcademicChatter #ECRchat #PostDoc
#1: Academic Writing Amplified


• Hosted by academic writing coach Dr Cathy Mazak
• Theme Writing as a tool to advance your career
• Focus on womxn

I have been a guest, check it out 👇…
#2: Behind the Microscope


• Hosted and produced by four MD/PhD students at Emory University.
• Career advice for early career researchers
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Are you and your co-authors editing the abstract of your paper again and again before submitting to get it just perfect?

👇 Use this template instead and save yourself hoursss!

#PostDoc #ECRchat #AcademicChater
#1 Describe the broad problem your paper solves

😱 In 1 sentence, hook your reader describing a problem in your field that your research is contributing to solving. Every reader of the journal should understand this sentence.
#2 Provide context needed to understand your study

🌳 In 1-3 sentences, give the reader any background they need to understand the motivation of your study. Clearly state the specific problem that your study solves.
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As someone who knows nothing about cars, I weirdly enjoyed watching #DriveToSurvive on #Netflix, the #FormulaOne docuseries 🏎🏎🏎

I found some interesting parallels with my experiences as an #ECR.

Let me explain...

#AMPlify2022 @AusMusPsySoc @AcademicChatter #ECRchat

Before we get started, I acknowledge my privilege as an academic with ongoing employment.

I acknowledge many ECRs will face additional challenges I haven't covered in this thread. Feel free to add your own observations 😊

OK, "LET'S GO!" (that's an F1 rallying cry, btw!)
🏎 F1 drivers are persistent.

What's the best for ECRs way to emulate them?

Keep showing up, especially in the face of failure:

• pick yourself up after disappointment
• don't let negative feedback derail you
#KeepPushing (a hashtag borrowed from the #F1 world!)
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And #ECRday2022 is off! We're kicking off with a panel on 'The Early Career Journey' with a team of @qub_belfast experts. Before we get started: some housekeeping! Thanks are due to @DNIRE1, Alice at @QUBPostdoc & @WrayRamona for being so amazingly helpful & supportive 🙏
@DNIRE1 @QUBPostdoc @WrayRamona We also need to thank @QUBResearchPol for the funding that enabled us to pay all our speakers & chairs: only right to reward their time, expertise & generosity!
@DNIRE1 @QUBPostdoc @WrayRamona @QUBResearchPol Speaking of chairs, today we are in the hands of @J_O_McCullough, who is a @nbcdtp PhD Candidate at @ModLangs_QUB. Image
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3 story frameworks you can use to make your research presentations 🔥 🧵

1. The Journey
2. The Mystery
3. The Conflict

These 3 frames drive curiosity which will make people want to listen to your talk.

#AcademicChatter #ResearchTalks #ECRChat
1. The Journey

Great for talking about how a project went, reporting or chronological storytelling.

The curiosity driver here is - what we've done/happens next?

#ResearchTalks #PHDChat #ECRChat #Academiclife #PHDLife #Research A sketched image of a path into the sunset. A sign reads &qu
Structurally the journey tends to follow the mountain.

A uphill march towards a goal, with successes and failures along the way.

These ups and downs keep us interested enough to listen to the whole thing.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ResearchTalks Simple drawing of a mountain. at the bottom is the start, at
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3 things you need to know to deliver great presentations 🧵

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #Research #PHDChat #ECRChat

You've got to know why you are doing the talk.

What's the point? What are you hoping to achieve? You could educate, inspire, motivate, show off, entertain etc

But you've got to know why you are bothering

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #Research #PHDChat #ECRChat

Who is your audience?

Presentations change depending on who you are talking to. Get as much info about them as you can, careers, interests, ages, attitudes, pre existing knowledge

Only by knowing them, can you effectively talk to them

#AcademicChatter #Research #PHDChat
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How to build slide decks fast. ⚡

Building slides so often kills time!

Here’s my guide to making endless reusable slides to help you build quickly🧵

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ResearchTalks #PHDChat #ECRChat
🤔Stop thinking about the presentation as 1 long 10 minute thing.

Big talks, are made of smaller bits of content, things you say in every talk.

These are content chunks.

• That introduction you always do
• That key finding
• the story you always tell
• the method you used
💡 Stop thinking about slides as more than one bit of information

For this to work every bit of key information must have its own slide

This may mean having lots of slides, but that doesn’t matter

1 key idea = 1 slide

#AcademicTwitter #ResearchTalks #PHDChat #ECRChat
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We’re off: #ECRday2021 is a go! I’d like to thank @QUBelfast & @UKRI_News for the financial support today. I’m hugely grateful to @SophcoCooper's technical support & @QUBPostdoc for wisdom + advice! The programme for today is here:… 🧵 of the day below...
Thanks to @SophcoCooper for the tech assistance today! As well as being a whizz with tech, she's a scholar of the Irish diaspora. She writes on migration, gender, religion and space. See more here: She also runs: #IrishStudies
Our first panel of #ECRday2021 is on ‘Postdoctoral Fellowships on Projects’. We’ll hear from @comyn_scomyn & @AMFoster_ about the challenges, processes and joys of working on group projects as a #postdoc in the arts, humanities & social sciences. #ECRchat #PhDchat #Academia
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As I slowly progress through my research career, I have often been told that the next degree/career stage/job is so much harder than the last. The constant implication is that we don’t know *real* work until we reach the level of x. Can we stop this please?
Dismissing the challenges faced by those earlier in their career merely undermines and dissuades the next generation. I have as much admiration and respect for an eager undergrad as I do for the most senior academic. Respect is free. Share it widely.
Instead of belittling others experiences and creating an environment of fear can we instead take every opportunity to build? To teach? To mentor and encourage with kindness and positivity?
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It's been 6 months since I made the transition from academia (postdoc) to industry (extension scientist).

I know many academics are curious about this, so here's a thread of my experiences so far:
One big change is having known expectations. They expect a lot, but it's all laid out and it feels achievable.
Not like the "just be in the top 2% for everything and you still won't be achieving enough" expectation in academia
I felt like the world had lifted off my shoulders when I no longer had to worry about how many FTE years post PhD I am or what my H index is.
Now I'm measured by the quality of the work I do, the interactions I have and the skills I have. And that's good!
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It’s never easy to have a paper rejected after going through #PeerReview. In this thread we offer some advice to help you move on and move up. 👆😀

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ecrchat #phdlife Image
Your paper was rejected? Sorry to hear that! It’s certainly not the outcome you expected after putting in so much time and energy. It’s common and totally normal to feel a range of negative emotions.

It’s important to deal with these emotions first. Step away from the paper for a little while. Work on a different project. Vent to a trusted colleague. Do something that makes you happy - go for a swim, watch BBC comedies, eat ice cream (at least that’s what I do).
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Getting students to turn their cameras on: a thread.

I'm not the most experienced uni teacher, but I've been thinking about this recently during teaching training and wanted to share some tips from what I've figured out & what's worked for me /1

#phdchat #ecrchat #teaching
First: to explain why the tips work, I want to cover some common reasons I've gleaned from talking to students & observing behaviour. The most important thing to note here is that, mostly, IT'S NOT DONE IN BAD FAITH. This doesn't have to be a battle with students! /2
1) Many students are unclear/anxious about what is 'appropriate' for dress and background. Many do not have access to private spaces other than their bedrooms, or only have access to their bedrooms. They are worried it is inappropriate to have visible:
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when it comes to engaging #STEM #academics (an essential task in order to gain max momentum to tackle problems like #casualisation), i think 1 difficulty is that #activism uses a lot of logical fallacies. this makes taking action appear irrational 1/15

#AcademicChatter #ucu
people going on #strike = potential bandwagon fallacy

stories of injustice = anecdote, appeal to emotion

statistics = potentially cherry picked

calling out management = potential ad hominem

quoting/critiquing management = potential strawman
identifying an issue (e.g. casualisation) and claiming it impacts other issues (e.g. mental health problems) = potential false cause, and/or hasty generalisation fallacy

making broad statements (e.g. gender pay gap is a real problem) = ambiguity fallacy
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Friends,I've written a book about navigating academia while protecting our mental health.I know we're all struggling so please tell everyone there's help and care here…

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #AcademicMentalHealth #gradschool #PhDChat #ECRChat A flyer for my book Being W...
I keep seeing tweets where people are asking for help with anything from relationship difficulties to finances, time management to study skills, rights and safety, self-care to salary negotiation. It's all in the book! Don't make me spam all your tweets now 😄
Also if you've read the book and found it useful please tell everyone what bits helped, review it online, get it into your libraries, encourage your colleagues and students to read it. In this difficult time this book won't solve everything, but it will help with some things.
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Today's #ResearchTip is to remember to check, check and check again when you're submitting work. We all set deadlines but how much detail do we pay attention to the process of hitting them? Let's find out....
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #PhDHelp #ECRChat
Got a deadline? It might be for a paper, grant application, conference application. Put the deadline of when work needs submitting in your diary.
Next, work backwards, scheduling key tasks (e.g. training on how to write a grant proposal, researching what goes into your grant bid)
These need to be specific and realistic. If you have a paper submission deadline when you plan tasks to achieve it this needs to be broken into actionable sections. (So you *don't* schedule a paper submission deadline only to put into your diary 'write paper' on one set day).
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i promised in this thread i'd offer an idea of an alternative #academic #publishing model, so here it is. be prepared, changing to this would require some seriously radical change... 1/17

#AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #openaccess
i outlined in the thread linked above MANY flaws with academic publishing, so let's completely get rid of the current system.

in its place we have one global central database, funded by governments/unis collectively 2/17
everything gets uploaded to this database. this is our new single journal.

articles can be rolling, so they can be registered reports, the final piece, or you can add new data if you analyse more stuff. its flexible. 3/17
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Today's #ResearchTip is about working on a team/group/community project, having good ideas, and owning them.
How do you make that work? #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #PhDhelp #PhDChat #ECRChat
You're working on a project and you have a great idea - perhaps it's for extending a study or improving research or the way researchers are supported. You might be unsure whether it's okay to share your idea and what might happen if you do.
Before you share your idea
- note down what you think should happen
- ask who it brings in/leaves out
- consider how it extends/improves current work
- check if anyone else has done similar (to help stack up your claims)
- briefly note what your idea/proposal is (write it down)
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As you may know I’ve a new book out 😊 so for today’s #FollowFriday I’m going to credit everyone on Twitter who helped, inspired or are a source of support listed in #BeingWellInAcademia

It’s going to be a marathon thread! Get ready and prepare to follow some amazing folk 🌟
Let's go! Beginning with a #FollowFriday for @DrHelenKara and @ThomsonPat who are the series editors of the Insider Guides to Success in Academia… of which #BeingWellInAcademia is a part
Who's in the acknowledgements of #BeingWellInAcademia? A lot of folk not on Twitter and @lindsay_odell @butlerceri who are here and who I've enjoyed working with for longer than I can remember 😊 #FollowFriday
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While in this article the 2019 cohort w/in the #CASFutureLeaders family shared their ideas for the future of chemistry, now it is your turn to join the conversation. In the next hour, we will discuss questions that extend beyond the article. [1/2]… CAS Future Leaders advertising Twitter chat at 11 am EDT on
To do this, we have invited some members of the 2019 cohort to be part of this discussion, but they encourage you to take part as well, such is the main message in their article. Check out the 🧵here for the bios on the 2019 #CASFutureLeaders [2/2] w/ @michmuzz + @RituChakra
@ANBismillah is a physical organic chemist in the field of Supramolecular Chemistry. She is currently a US-UK Fulbright Scholar working under the supervision of @aprhamian at @dartmouth. Her research focuses on hydrazone-based reaction cascades
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PhD candidates! Do you ever wonder what your thesis examiners actually *do* to prepare for your viva? Let me tell you what I have been up to for the last couple of days... 🧵

#PhDchat #ECRchat #AcademicChatter
Here is a thesis I’ve just finished reading. Every orange tab is something that I would like to discuss at the viva. The purple tabs are little mistakes we don’t need to discuss, but that the candidate might like to change before final submission (like typos)... 2/15
In practice, we have to prioritise so probably only a third to half of these points will get discussed. My co-examiner will also bring a list of things to discuss and will also not get to discuss every single one. 3/15
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Make no mistake.

Australian medical research is in crisis.

In his article, @jcarapetis echoes the alarm and discusses issues at the heart of the ASMR’s mission.

The sector is on the brink of collapse.

But we can fix it.

@ausgov, are you listening?

Here’s how:

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We’ve been losing our skilled and talented researchers in recent years with an increasing brain drain due to a lack of funding.

#COVID19 has made this worse.

#ecrchat #phdchat #ScienceTwitter #AcademicTwitter
As @jcarapetis points out, eg. the @nhmrc funds only ~9% of research grant applications received from our future leaders.

And that’s not because the other 91% aren’t worthy of funding, but because @ausgov has ignored the funding recommendations of the 2012 McKeon review.
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You wouldn’t read an article on rockets and planets and claim to be an astronaut or a pilot...

Empower yourself with knowledge, but acknowledge where your limitations are.

(1/5) @AcademicChatter @AcademicsSay #phdchat #ecrchat #ScienceTwitter #phdlife

Art: Matt Reuters Image
2h on YouTube is no substitute for the knowledge of experts with decades of medical or scientific education, a century of fervent progressive research and refinement, stringent quality control, and huge advances in technology.
Health and medical researchers are highly trained + specialised, most having a minimum of 6 years university education + a doctorate in their area of specialty + years of continuing education and development.
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why i am no longer publishing (my own) #research in #academic journals - a (long) thread 1/38

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academicpublishing #academicjournals #peerreview #ecrchat #OpenScience #publicationbias

(some references at the end of the thread)
(i still have a few collaborative papers to write and these will be published properly for the benefit of my co-authors)

i will soon publish a paper on a pre-print server, with no intention of submitting to an academic journal. my reasons for this are manifold 2/38
1. #academia is inherently corrupt & the publication model facilitates this:
- unpaid labour (editors, peer-reviewers,& authors [ok, they do get paid by the uni which oft = public funds yet journals privately profit & we see none of this unlike other forms of publishing]) 3/38
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