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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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PhD Planning 101

Before my PhD I worked as CEO of a software company for years. I did *a lot* of planning.

Here is what 90% of people get wrong:

❌Planning is not: WHAT and WHEN
✅Planning is the HOW to achieve goals

Learn how to plan the HOW:

I use @obsdmd for everything:

🔸Note taking
🔸Reference management

One tool to rule them: It will supercharge your academic workflow.

Download it here and create a new canvas:

Now let's start planning!
⚡️1. Define your Goals

Without the destination in mind, you won't arrive.

Know where you're going 🧭.

Identify what YOU want vs what is EXPECTED OF YOU.

Use colours for this.
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ChatGPT wrote a surprisingly (to me) coherent answer to a contracts exam prompt. ImageImage
I regenerated the response three times. This is the only one that discussed the reasonable expectations doctrine, though it wasn't particularly in-depth.
It would get a lot of "?" "why?" and "so?" responses from me because it doesn't explain why, for example, that the contract calls for "re-pav[ing]", sealcoating is excluded. It's mostly facts and conclusion.
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Overwhelmed with 100s of papers for your research and literature review, #AcademicTwitter ?

Here is my solution: A Visual Reference Manager made with @obsdmd brand new canvas feature.

Your 🧠 is not a database - it's a network. #Academicchatter

Follow the 🧵 to learn how.
@obsdmd I use @obsdmd for all my academic needs.

I have 4 types of notes: Sources, Collections, Thoughts and Outlines.

In the title of the source note, I link the PDF of my paper/book chapter.

Here is a thread on how you can set up this system for yourself.
@obsdmd Let's create a new Canvas by using the button on the top left of Obsidians interface.
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Another brilliant AI tool, to help you with your data science and #R needs. #AcademicChatter

🔸Upload your CSV data
🔸Tell it what you want to do with your data in normal language

⬇️ Pretty impressive, here is an example
I asked the AI a non-basic question:

"Could you create a linear bayesian regression model for cty depending on displ and plot the results as a scatter plot"

(cty and displ are two columns of the data)

🤯 Boom: Code + Result ImageImage
I played around with #ChatGPT previously as well.

The results are impressive both ways - I feel that this tool is more geared towards data science. @OpenAI explains the code more though.

Convinced: In the future no one will be doing #R manually.

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The holidays are coming up, which hopefully means for you having lots of rest and time to read. 🌲 🎁

Here are my top 8 book recommendations for researchers and academics to feel inspired and motivated going into 2023! (They make great gifts too!)

#AcademicChatter #Postdoc
📚1: A World Without Email by Cal Newport

• Must-read for anyone who feels like emails (Slack, meetings...) are ruling their day
• How to actually work and not only talk about work
• Written by a computer science professor and the author of "Deep Work"
📚2: Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price

• Must-read for anyone who is overworked yet feels lazy
• Comprehensive take on how to put boundaries around work, news, friendships so we can actually feel happy and content with life
• Written by a social psychology professor
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[classroom activism thread 2 of 2 🌿]

the other major activist project my first years did this term was the Access Manifesto: we learned about (physical/mental) laboratory access, UDL and mobilizing advocacy.
i'll show you how & i'll give you materials for you to remix!! 💜🥰 SCREEN CAPTURE: Google Docu...
this one requires you to do a primer lecture if your group has never seriously considered disability or accessibility, which is a strong possibility in 1Y classes. i have a 1Y Biochem class, so i focused on tying critical thinking to laboratories they use every week already. POWERPOINT SCREEN CAPTURE: ...
as an absolute intro way into this, I like Sheryl Burgstahler's "Making Science Labs Accessible to Students With Disabilities" - this is actually a resource directed at service providers (and is a checklist), but it is plaintext AND has tons of examples.…
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It's time for a MetaThread!

Every couple of months or so I create a thread about very useful threads I saved from Twitter. Let's get started 🧵
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As an academic writing coach, here are the 7 mistakes I see supervisors and PIs make in the process of co-writing a paper with their PhD students or mentees.

A thread. 🧵

#AcademicChatter #newPI #PhDchat
#1 Not teaching your students the steps that are part of the process to write a paper

🙆 The main reason novice writers procrastinate on that task to write a paper is that they don’t know how to get started and break this huge and overwhelming project into manageable chunks.
#2: Only editing the grammar, punctuation and syntax of your students’ work

📋 First drafts usually benefit the most from structural comments to make sure the paper tells a single and compelling story. Do that before you spend hours on moving commas.
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Writing a literature review can be overwhelming...

These tools will help you with each review part: from keyword selection to reporting 🪡

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdvoice #phd #phdchat #litreview #OpenScience #litreview
1. Formulate your query

Formulate your search strings in a transparent, easy-to-understand, and scalable way at

It shows a visual representation of your search string and converts it to fit any database of your choice Image
2. Explore the whole research domain

Already have a seminal article and want to dig further?

Use to build a comprehensive knowledge graph specific to your domain

Simply insert an article's url and enjoy the structured and comprehensive outcome Image
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Its always difficult to take the first step, its always challenging to dive into a new domain. Happy that all the hard works brought the fruit eventually. Read our work from @RajeshPandeyLab @IGIBSocial @AcSIR_India on #singlecell #multiomics
The story highlights how important it is to understand the effect of #SARSCoV2 even after recovered from #COVID19 and how strength of #MachineLearning can be used for developing #disease #Biomarkers
This was indeed a challenging task, both on #Biology and #Bioinformatics front, but learnt a lot apart from the science part of it, especially #teamwork and #timemanagement.
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife
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GPT3 just wrote this grant in less than 1 min!! 🤯

#OpenAI #OpenAIChat #AcademicTwitter #GPT3 ImageImageImageImage
A literature review written in a few seconds.

#OpenAI #OpenAIChat #AcademicTwitter #GPT3 #ChatGPT #AcademicChatter ImageImageImageImage
One issue I saw though is that the links to the references it cites are inaccurate. Here we are talking about machine learning classification and it cites this instead (not relevant):…

Several e.g. with similar results.

#OpenAIChat #GPT3 #ChatGPT @OpenAI ImageImage
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The title of your paper is your shop front.

Here are 10 rules to write a compelling title for your scientific article.

A thread. 🧵

#AcademicChatter @TheStrugglingS4 #Postdoc
#1: The title should describe your main result

📌 Your reader will want to know what exactly the take-away message of your paper is.
#2: The title doesn't need to convey every detail

📚 Don't try to cram information into your title and don't try to communicate more than 1 key take-away in your title.
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My textbook with Kosuke Imai (@Harvard) is finally out!

Assuming no prior knowledge of statistics or coding and only minimal knowledge of math, DSS teaches the fundamentals of survey research, predictive models, and causal inference + how to analyze real-world data with R.

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1/n: DSS is meant for complete beginners, regardless of whether they are in high school, in graduate school, or out of school altogether. #rstats #surveys #prediction #causality

Want to see for yourself? The first chapter is free here:

Book outline: Image
2/n: We wrote DSS so that anyone could learn the skills we teach by following along with the exercises in the book on their own computer, without the help of an instructor. (Everything needed is either in the book or on the book's website.) #rstats #surveys #prediction #causality Image
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