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Did you know that the References are the part of a paper most often overlooked? 😳 It's not only damaging science but also making desk-rejection more likely.

Here's a 9-point references checklist for you to bookmark!

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✅1: Did you read every study you are referencing?

Make sure that the studies you cite are actually substantiating your statements in the manuscript.
✅2: Are you always citing primary sources to support specific claims?

It's okay to cite reviews for more broader statements but when you are referring to a specific finding, always cite the paper that reported it first.
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As an academic writing coach, here are the 7 mistakes I see Assistant Professors make when writing papers.

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#1: Not allocating time for writing

🤹‍♀️ Teaching, admin and supervision will easily fill up your calendar and inbox. It’s easy to put off writing because there are rarely any deadlines and hardly any universities truly supportive of protecting writing time.
#2: Not integrating your students and co-authors into the writing process early on

🛤️ It takes a lot of time having to go through countless editing cycles with your co-authors. It’s more efficient to engage with them before committing to a full manuscript.
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It’s time to peel back the curtains of the struggles of a #NewPI trying to find her way. I was invited to interview for an award that was a great match for my research. Here is me cheesing before the interview… Little did I know how quickly would change... [long] 🧵 Image
The first interview question was, “what is your parent’s level of education.” It took me by surprise, so I started explaining that they instilled the importance of education in me at a young age and was met with a “stop, stop, just answer the question.” So, I said, “high school.”
A 40-minute back and forth ensued, featuring discussion about my parents’ and siblings’ jobs/ages/education, whether I had kids, was planning to start a family, if my mom was at home with me when I was growing up…? I was shaken but kept smiling and took it.
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A friend asked me recently for some teaching tips for a #newPI teaching a “new to you” class for the first time and I thought I’d share them with y’all! First I’ll say these strategies won’t work for everyone, especially if your teaching load is high and/or you don’t have 1/n
Materials from a colleague. So this works best for a class that’s been taught before, just not by you.
First, the biggest problem for new PIs honestly is spending too much time on teaching. We approach all things in academia as if we only get one chance to get it right. 2/n
Because that’s all we usually get. But teaching doesn’t work that way usually. Most classes you’ll teach repeatedly over your career. So you’ll have 10 times to get it right! That means the first few times the bar for the class is “good enough and DONE” not perfect. 3/n
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As an academic writing coach, I see researchers make these 10 counter-intuitive productivity mistakes that get them LESS (not more) writing done.

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#1: Not prioritising rest

💤 Sleep, exercise and other ways to "rest" your brain will make you more creative and a better writer. Our brain needs time away from focused writing to process and build connections. Aim for 8-9 hours sleep, work-free weekends and regular vacations.
#2: Thinking you need to write every day

📆 Habits and consistency are necessary but if you can't fit writing into your schedule daily, you can still be a productive writer. One strategy that works for many is to write at the same time on certain days of the week.
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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.

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#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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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.

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#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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I highly suggest #newPI make a grant writing plan each year. Its helpful knowing how to divide and prioritize my effort. Im no expert but wanna share my GRANT strategy.
1. G - gather info
2. R - rank opportunities
3. A - arrange folders
4. N - notify grants office
5. T - try
1. Gather info. Look into all funding and grant opportunities remotely relevant to your research program. Ask your grants office about opportunities and let them know what you do so they can help you look. Collect the basics like deadlines, parts of the app, eligibility, purpose
2. Rank. I use 3 categories. Perfect match (most energy, feedback and planning goes here) Good match (less effort, recycle material from perfect match). Bad fit or ineligible (discard or only apply if I have free time). Within categories I rank by ratio of effort to money.
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If you know me in-person, you know I'm one of the most hyper-organized people you've ever known. Multiple people have asked me about my system b/c it's the only thing saving me as #newPI & I wish I had had it during my #phd, so here it is in embarrassing detail. 1/n
WALK away if you're a more "go with the flow person". Seriously, do not keep reading. Here we go:
Sheet 1 - Funding Sheet. Identify & Organize all grants/fellowships/funding opportunities, including deadlines, amounts & links. I do this my first month on any job... 2/n A black & White document th...
and I add to it as I hear about other opportunities. The Funding sheet is organized by 'year I plan to apply' & when an application is completed, I change the font color to Gray. 3/n
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As the tenure track application season begins, I’m sharing my process from last year for a successful application.🧵. My result: 71 applications > 6 phone interviews > 2 campus visits > 1 TT asst prof offer.
P.S. I don’t have CNS papers or K99. @AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
This process was for research-oriented schools within the US, but could be useful to get a general idea for any tenure track position. PUI jobs may have different requirements. My applications were to departments ranging from chem, biochem, bioengineering, or materials science.
For my job search, I performed weekly searches on Nature Careers (…) and Science careers (, and occasionally on other websites such as Biophysical Society jobs (
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I am looking for a post-doc to join my lab in the next 6 months. I know, I am a #NewPI, and I am fully aware of the stigma associated with one. Here are a few reasons why you should consider my lab 🧵(1/n)
1. I know what it is like to be a post-doc. You will have the ability to direct your project and work on questions that interest you. All I ask is that you work in the corneal endothelium field :)
2. I will pay you a decent wage including relocation fees if needed (2/n)
3. I WILL NOT micromanage. I expect results, but your work can be done at your own pace.
4. If you have a family, you will get as much support as you need from me. I know what it is like to be a parent and do science at the same time, I will be empathetic.
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Money money 🤑🤑🧵👇 How can you get more of it to start your lab? Interviewing season is almost here, so below are some negotiation tips, while the knowledge is fresh in my mind. This is based on my experience interviewing in US-based schools. 1/n
1)First, congratulations🥳! Remember, if you are at the negotiation step it means you basically got the job. Most departments really want you to join and succeed, so ask for EVERYTHING you need
2)EVERYTHING is negotiable, so be creative! If you get a “no” about something, try to get another thing that has similar value. Example: Can I get 10K more in salary? No. Will it be possible to get daycare or school subsidies/ help with housing?
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After a dozen years in red, it's time for a new color scheme!
#PostdocLife 🔜 #NewPI

In January 2023, the Carter Lab will be opening up at @unccharlotte. We'll study host-bacterial-fungal interactions within @UNCCBiology and CIPHER💚 Three photos of the same wh...
I can't tell you how lucky I feel to land a dream job in my home state. @MathMauney & I are so excited to return to his hometown and actually move closer to family and friends this time!!
I've been so grateful for him being my cheerleader but we're both ready for more stability.
I appreciated my family's support and constant questions into this insane process, including: facilitation of my first "onsite" interview and that they somehow managed to get a care basket into a hotel in a different state at my first true onsite.
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🧵 Scientific Grant Writing: biggest mistakes & how to avoid them-YouTube thread

Scientific grant writing can be quite a challenge.
I review 10s of grants a year and want to teach you the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them for FREE

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1/ First, start with this video explaining the mindset to have when grant writing, plus learn who reviews your proposal and what the review process looks like. 👇🏼
2/ Scientific grant writing mistakes in relating to the reviewer: A grant review isn't the same as for a paper- How to stand out and get them on board.
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#SciTwitter After a lot of research and asking around, I'm making the lab equipment recommendations 🧵 I wish I'd had 2 months ago. RT/share with a #newPI or startup 🔬⚗️🛒
Note, much of the equipment hasn't arrived yet, will add comments after actual use.
-80 #freezer
Two clear winners: PHC (@panasonic) and Stirling Ultracold. Both low energy, quiet, reliable. We went with PHC because I know those to last many years, and slightly cheaper.
Thanks @MarcoJost_ @letUbeU @aryelipman #MBCBiolabs
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Less clear, many viable options. We ended up getting a split of PHC MDF -30 (recommended as quieter) and much cheaper Corepoint Scientific/@VWR, will see which we prefer. Thermo hasn't failed #MBCbiolabs, but $$$ and several people said poor customer support.
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🏆🧵Goldmine thread everything you need to write your scientific paper.🏆

1. Structure
2. Results
3. Discussion
4. Conclusion
5. Introduction
6. Abstract
7. Title

Including: FREE temples, videos + graphics!
@OpenAcademics @ScicommBot @B0tSci @PhDVoice
#scicomm #acwri #newpi

The Basic structure of your paper
Why the "scope" matters
Biggest mistakes
How to start writing and WHY


Three key parts for your results
Formula for a great result paragraph

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#location location location: thrilled to share our work @CellCellPress! #interferons dictate #COVID19 severity! Specific #IFNs are produced along the #airways in response to #SARSCoV2 and drive protective or detrimental #transcriptional programs! 1/7…
IFNs are driven by high #viral #loads, suggesting that viral recognition is only achieved when #SARSCoV2 reaches a certain threshold! Efficient induction of protective IFNs is preferentially achieved by younger patients, further explaining susceptibility of elders to #COVID19 2/7
#IFNL1 & #IFNL3 characterize mild illness & drive potent anti-#SARSCoV2 #ISGs in the upper #airways. Severe patients show #typeI IFN & #IFNL2 along the respiratory tract but lack ISGs, dampen cell proliferation programs associated to #repair and boost #apoptotic #p53 pathways 3/7
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Hello friends! Before leaving this account, I'd like to share valuable insights & experiences I gained as PhD #student, #postdoc, and #newPI. These are on various aspects of science.

My insights are obviously not universal. Please take them with a 'big grain of salt'.
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#1. NEVER EVER write an email when overwhelmed by emotion. This is especially relevant when the emotion is anger, regardless of whether it is justified or not. When receiving bad / unpleasant news, it's best to let it rest AT LEAST 1-2 days before responding.
#2. In myself and in my scientific team members, I welcome every feeling/state (expressed with respect) EXCEPT BOREDOM.

A person that is bored has lost curiousity, and awareness of how little she/he knows of this AMAZING universe. There is always something great to learn!
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Today is my last Friday before I become #faculty 🤯 and I wanted to take a second to reflect a little on my #postdoc experience. Spoiler alert: yes I grew a lot and met amazing people but no, postdocing wasn’t fun and I wouldn’t want to do that again. #PostdocLife 1/n
First the good - I learned and grew a lot during my postdoc and thanks to that, my career has shifted in exciting new directions. It also taught me not to be scared to try something new! Remember: PhD grads are really good at learning new stuff. #PostdocLife 2/n
What I learned cost me a lot though… being a #postdoc is by definition full of uncertainty and pressure: you don’t know where you’ll be living in 1-2yrs, funding insecurity for some, pressure to do great so you can land your next job, etc… #PostdocLife 3/n
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Delighted to share a new study from our lab on the role of gut commensal fungi mycobiota in shaping the human protective IgG antibody repertoire @CellCellPress…
During immunosuppression ( organ #Transplant #chemotherapy ) or in diseases such as #IBD #crohnsdisease, gut #mycobiota can turn into a “reservoir” of pathogens, BUT most people live peacefully with their fungi. Do they benefit from them? Do fungi benefit form us? Neutral rl.?
Fungi are considered a minor component of the gut #microbiome ( less than 0.1% of genetic material in feces), but we found that fungal biomass in the healthy human gut makes considerably more: up to 2%.
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I'm excited to make it #TwitterOfficial that I will be joining the Dept of Immunology at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor and GSK Research Chair in Immunology of Infectious Diseases as of Nov 1, 2020!! @UM_Immu @UM_RadyFHS @umanitoba #newPI 1/5
I am so grateful to have this opportunity especially in these tough times. Thanks to all my mentors & colleagues over the yrs (most are not on Twitter). 2 undergrad summers with @NRC_CNRC & an amazing 5yrs at @UW Immunology with mentor Dr. Keith Elkon before back to 🇨🇦 2/5
Thank you to Dr. Michael Houghton & Dr. Lorne Tyrrell @LKSIoV for your mentorship & allowing me to build my own research program that I am excited to bring to @umanitoba where many new collaborations are possible. Thanks to everyone @UAlberta_MMI who helped along the way! 3/5
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Have you ever had your academic job talk become the inspiration for a tweet-thread on how not to give job talks? IIII haaaave. I also butchered basic stats terminology, wrote off the board onto a wall during a teaching talk, and badly miscalibrated my talk at two unis. (1/n)
But this thread isn't about my mistakes. It's about how our current academic job selection process favors white men and may reduce scientific productivity. It's about how postdoc positions exploit ECRs, especially scientists of color and non-male scientists. (2/n)
But to get there, I want to tell you a little about my experience, if you have the time to listen. I applied to over 80 academic jobs over several years. I think there is a common misconception that the hardest part of this is hearing no over and over. (3/n)
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We discovered what was wrong with the grounding in the lab! Strap in #newPI friends, for a cautionary tale. 1/6
Having a clean electrical ground is really important for everyone who does sensitive measurements. Electronics can interfere with each other through the ground, causing spurious signals. So we like to have grounds that are completely isolated from the rest of the building. 2/6
I knew this when it came time to build my lab, so I insisted on 3 independent ground panels, each connected to its own copper spike driven into the earth outside. (Why 3? I eventually want 3 fridges in the lab, each with their own ground; need more $$ first!). 3/6
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I have enjoyed getting to know ASIH better, especially now that, as a #NewPI I am trying to involve interested students in ichs & #herpetology

I fully support changing the name. (1/3)
I’d be *proud* as a #HERper to talk about future & past pubs as being in the “Ichs & Herps journal (formerly Copeia).” That opens doors to convo (eg Public: “why did the name change?” Us: “we wanted to strengthen our society by showing it’s a place for all scientists.”). (2/3)
It also feels more just and less shameful than saying “in the journal Copeia, which is only interested in one facet of the scientist for whom it is named...ignore that other stuff.”
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