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Drop the capitalization of "knowledge."

Assert your research contribution instead.

Choose one of 7 different research contributions ↓

#chi2024 #phdchat #academictwitter
Before we dive in.

A research paper is the ultimate capture & deliver tool for knowledge.

In a scientific paper, the research contribution is the star of the show.

In the interdisciplinary young field of HCI, these 7 patterns emerged.

Similar ones will exist in your field.
1. Empirical Contributions

These reveal how people use systems or are themselves.

They provide critical raw data & observations.

We ask to judge:

• How solid is the methodology?
• What do they reveal?
• Data validity?

Write up your methodology, data, & insights clearly.
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Hey y'all, I've got big news!🤩

I got selected for an international workshop in Spain!!!! (more details⬇️)

Past few months, I've been preparing for that & was waiting for everything to be confirmed. I was dying to tell you guys😁

Now please send me your best tips💖

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So this workshop is called the #Complexity72h where participants form teams and work on a project for 3 days and by the end of the 72 hours we need to upload a report of the work on ArXiv!

It's like a hackathon but for research writing!

How exciting, right?🤩
And ya girl also got a research visit at an amazing lab!!😍
I'm absolutely thrilled about this. And anxious, of course.
It feels like the pieces are falling into place - after years of rejections. And man, do they happen in the most unexpected ways!✨
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Thesis Writing 101

I have edited 100,000+ words and tens of theses in science and history (more than I can keep track of!) over the last ten years.

Here are 17 insights from my experience that can help you improve the quality of your #AcademicWriting 🧵
1. Read aloud: Reading aloud helps to catch errors that were overlooked during silent reading. Find the 'Read Aloud' feature on MS Word under 'Review.'

2. Bring coherency: Make sure that each paragraph flows logically so that the overall #thesis structure is well-organized.
3. Improve formatting: Format your #thesis according to your university's guidelines. Adjust the font type, size, header, and footer.

4. Use citation management tools: Using these tools (Mendeley, EndNote, etc.) can help you save time & avoid errors in writing your bibliography.
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ChatGPT but for research papers?

Humata is an AI research assistant where you can ask a question about any file and automatically get the answer.

I gave it go with my Nature Cell Biology publication:
First, I asked it for the main results of the paper.

It pretty much summarised the abstract and some of the results in a more digestible way. So far, so good. Image
Then I asked it to identify the gap in literature and research question.

Whilst the gap in literature was accurate, the RQ was simply a re-write of the literature gap. The research question is most definitely more complex and detailed than that which was pulled out by Humata. Image
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@NotionHQ has introduced a new exciting feature, Notion AI, which can help you (1) improve existing content, (2) summarise content or (3) write new content.

Here are 5 ways you can use Notion AI to improve your academic writing:
1. Improve existing content

With text you have already written, you have the option to make some modifications to that section. Here, I've asked Notion AI to make the text longer, which has added some detail and formatted the initial paragraph to enhance it academically. ImageImage
It is important to note, there are no references here so far. So, I asked Notion AI to provide me with references for this section of text.

It provided me with references, albeit, not formatted correctly. Image
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📚🔍 Figuring out an efficient literature review workflow can be daunting. But fear not, because SciSpace has got you covered! Let's explore how you can supercharge your literature review process with @scispace_. 🚀💡

#AcademicTwitter #HigherEducation Image
🔍 Search and upload your research papers directly on SciSpace. It's as easy as a few clicks! 📂💻
💡 Use preset and brainstorm questions to quickly determine relevance and find the answers you're seeking. 🤔🔍
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ANNOUNCEMENT - Applications Open:
Sunday 28 May I will be continuing #20phds20mins on @einstein_agogo. 20 PhD students will be selected from the applications received by 5pm Friday 19th AEST.
@3RRRFM Image
Each interview will be approximately 1 minute long. PhD students will get their first ever taste of live radio in a supportive and professional environment. Best of all, you will get to work with other amazing students.
Interviews will occur on Sunday 28 May 11am-12pm Melbourne time. Participation in person (local) or via zoom (non-local). A compulsory briefing session will be held at 11am on Saturday 27th.
Eligibility: Current STEM PhD students from Earth who have not previously been on @3RRRFM
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Want to publish in top journals?

Check the first sentence of your ABSTRACT and INTRO.
Does it introduce:

A: Your project?
B: Your Field?

Learn why it MUST be B and how to diagnose and fix it in your own papers.

2/ Thread structure:
- Places to relate to your reader
- Abstract
- Introduction
- Diagnose your own paper
- What NOT TO DO – negative examples
- More detailed material

Let’s dive in ⬇️
3/ There are different places we can relate to our reader:


Let’s start with the abstract.
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Advice to PhD candidates searching for positions: After the first screening of 100+ applications for a position in my group, I've seen potential in many, but they often fall short in the application process. Here's some advice to help you stand out.👇 #PhDAdvice #AcademicTwitter
📝Motivation letter: This may be the first (and last) thing we read. Tell YOUR story - what you can contribute, why you're applying, etc. Be honest & engaging; we want to know about YOU. #AcademicTwitter #PhDChat
🔝Motivation letter > CV: A strong letter can make or break your application. Put effort into it, even if you have numerous publications. Prioritize it but don't neglect the rest! #PhDAdvice #PhDChat
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Struggling to draft your scientific research paper?

Check out: “Blank Page to Manuscript Draft”

Get exact FORMULAS, step-by-step TEMPLATES, and years of writing know-how and experience in one ~8hr course you can take online, anytime.

#SciComm #phdchat
Table of contents

- Why this course?
- What is ‘Blank Page to Manuscript Draft’?
- What’s inside?
– Modules
- Testimonials
- FAQ’s, Mentorship and 60-day guarantee
- Free materials
2/ I hated writing in grad school.

Going from reading papers to replicating one on my own was a daunting leap I didn’t know how to take…

So I mostly procrastinated and made excuses.
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If youre a disabled student trying to choose a graduate program from those you were accepted to, here are some things I should have asked or negotiated in my acceptance 1/7
1. Housing. Ask upfront for accessible campus housing. If you can negotiate at all, tell your program you can't consider relocation without stable, affordable, accessible housing. 2/7
2. Ask current grad students about public transport. Does it exist? Is it accessible? How will you get to/from campus? How will you get everyday goods like groceries etc.? 3/7
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A common convo I have with PhD students who are about to graduate:
Them: I haven't done anything useful/good/impressive
Me: You got good grades in undergrad
Them: right, but
Me: and got admitted into this grad program
Them: ..
Me: and got a fellowship / other financial support
Me: and you completed PhD level coursework
Them: ..
Me: as well as multiple projects and papers of varying lengths
Them: ..
Me: and you compiled research insights into written form and presented them to others
Them: ..
Me: and you're currently working on a multi-year innovative >
> project that's advancing the scientific community's understanding of X
Them: ..
Me: I'm going to guess you organized some reading groups or conferences or other multi-participant, multi-speaker events
Them: ..
Me: and you've taught complex material to diverse audiences
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Don't use AI and be left behind! Here are Elsevier's new guidelines for use of AI tools:

"Where authors use generative artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technologies in the writing process, authors should:
#AI #research #phdchat #ResearchAssistant Image
✳️ Only use these technologies to improve readability and language, not to replace key researcher tasks such as interpreting data or drawing scientific conclusions.
✳️ Apply the technology with human oversight and control, and carefully review and edit the result, as AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete or biased.
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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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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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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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Probably a better way to do this in #R, but if you're making tables from #Mplus output, this could save you time. #phdchat
For single estimates:
1. Confirm variable list in the model and table identical
2. Copy and paste output into excel
3. Highlight first column and select "text to column"
4. Copy row of desired estimates
5. Highlight corresponding cells in table and paste
6. Format table
For multiple estimates (e.g., CIs)
Repeat steps 1-3 above
4. Delete irrelevant columns and place desired +- CI columns next to each other
5. In adjacent row, use =[cell]&" to "&[cell]
6. Drag formula down for all rows
7. Copy and paste into table
8. Format as desired
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🚨🌊Are you ready for the Thursday thread 🧵of job #opportunities for early-career #scientists in marine and #ocean #Science?


Look down there!👇

#ECR #PhDchat #PhDjobs #ScienceJobs #PostDoc #Academictwitter #Internships #Researcher
🚨🌊@giulia_ghedini lab at @IGCiencia in Lisbon is recruiting a postdoc ( and offering a research fellowship (master required) ( to work on metabolic adaptation in phytoplankton communities

🚨Deadline: 31st Jan
🚨PhD opportunity!

5-year teaching & research studentship at
@PlymUni with @DrSimonIngram and @ClareEmbling studying #cetacean #abundance, #distribution and exposure to #shippingnoise joint with @CefasNoise…

📢Deadline: 26th Jan
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“Oh, really?” - a typical sarcastic reaction on social media.

However I urge to look at the original study and data more carefully. 👇

#phdchat #AcademicTwitter #research
- A disruptive paper is defined here by the likelihood that this paper (and not the references inside it) will be cited by subsequent studies.

- In contrast, a consolidating paper is the one that is less likely to be cited than its predecessors. It consolidates the discovery.
Importantly, when only articles published in Nature, PNAS and Science or to Nobel-winning discoveries are considered, the downward trend STILL persists.

What explanation do authors suggest for the drop of disruptiveness?
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Create the perfect digital Lab Notebook 📒🧪🧬 that links to your Reference Manager and Notes!

A Step by Step guide using Obsidian + Calendar Plugin:


#phdlife #phdchat #phdvoice #phdforum #phd #AcademicTwitter #AcademicTwitter Image
1. Install @obsdmd to create your first vault.

If you are in academia and have not worked with Obsidian yet, then your world is changed forever today 😮 (Check out why, here:

Let's move on to creating our lab notebook... Image
@obsdmd 2. Let's install the Calendar Plugin.

- Go to the Obsidian preferences
- Click "Community Plugins"
- Click "Browse"
- Search for "Calendar"
- Install and Enable the plugin ImageImageImage
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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.

A thread. 🧵

#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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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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