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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:

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#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 (euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/53594) and offering a research fellowship (master required) (euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/53587) 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

plymouth.ac.uk/schools/school…

📢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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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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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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#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 2dsearch.com

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 iris.ai 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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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): ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

Several e.g. with similar results.

#OpenAIChat #GPT3 #ChatGPT @OpenAI ImageImage
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Discovering how to use reference management software is a key research skill and will save you time.

Here are 3 reasons why you should start learning now ↓

#PhDLife #PhdChat #AcademicTwitter #OpenScience
@PhDfriendSana @OpenAcademics @yourPhDpal
1. Saves you time.

Organisation on autopilot by creating:
- tags
- folders
- star favourite papers for quick access
- organize by author/topic/project/date/journal etc.

Never worry about losing a paper again.
2. Automatic citation generation.

Construct bibliographies and cite your sources using the citation style you've chosen (e.g. APA, Harvard, MLA, IEEE, Vancouver).

Ensuring consistency compared to manual referencing.
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Research students - if you love writing, you can use your writing skills in these areas to work part-time and earn too.

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Just to give you a heads up-- Technically, anyone can work in these areas as a writer.

@OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace #AcademicTwitter #SciComm #phdchat
1️⃣ Professional Note-taker: In universities, if you sign up as a note-taker. You will be required to attend classes for students who would have requested a note-taker for various reasons. So, if you have good speed in taking notes then working as a note-taker is for you.
The fascinating part of being a note-taker is that you get to attend lectures on different topics.

Fact: The word “amanuensis” (in Latin) means a servant from the hand. An amanuensis is someone good at taking notes when someone else is speaking.
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this thread sums up #academia so well. i hated so much of it, but kept telling myself the 10 % i love (the research) made up for the 90 % of shit the majority of the time.

i delayed leaving because of that 10 %.

#AcademicTwitter #phdchat #ucuRISING
leaving required a sort of mourning (appreciate this sounds dramatic); i was losing my identity as an academic

my skills and knowledge are so specialised who would even want me anyway?

why would i even want to lose what i have? i have academic freedom after all!!
then my planned redundancy went ahead even though we were eligible for furlough. my next plans (to go to Sweden) fell through because of the plague.

there were no jobs. i stopped being an academic by force. i thought i'd be miserable.
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Here are some more resources + tools for research students.

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@OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #phdchat #scicomm
1.FolderCase (@foldercase_com): You can manage your research in one place.

foldercase.com
2.Genei.io (@downloadgenei): Automatically summarises research papers and produces blogs, articles, and reports faster.
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News
1) #MeToo comes to STEM. The @NIH shared new data detailing complaints it has received in recent years, comprising of more than 300 complaints against NIH-funded scientists. Consequently 75 investigators were removed from their grants
@Scatter_Cushion
the-scientist.com/news-opinion/s…
Gisela Rusteholz, Mauro Mediavilla, and Luis Pires published a case study on the Impact of bullying on academic performance. A case study for the Community of Madrid, in IEB working paper 2021/01
ideas.repec.org/p/ieb/wpaper/d…
If witnesses to harassment, members of investigative committees, journal editors, and individuals at every level of the scientific community all leverage their knowledge & power to combat bullying, we can create a safer & more civil #scientific environment
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Writing a literature review is not rocket science. Most scholars just don’t know where to start 🚀

Here’re four tools that will help you turn a literature review into an enjoyable process:

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdvoice #phd #phdchat #litreview
🔺 litmaps.com: shows you all the articles on your topic and cross-citation. Search using keywords, DOI, titles, and authors to visualize your field of interest
🔺 openknowledgemaps.org: comprehensively maps your research topic by 1) showing the main research streams within it, 2) identifying all relevant concepts and terms, and 3) clustering similar articles to make learning easier. It's a must!
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Writing Your Thesis is Hard Work.

Here are 5 free Google tools to help you research and write your thesis in record time ➡

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@PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace @MasterAcademia_ @PhD_Genie @TheStrugglingS4 #AcademicTwitter #phdvoice #phdchat
1. Use Google Docs to write your thesis

Google Docs is a great way to write your thesis because it's free, easy to use, and you can access it from anywhere. Plus, you can share your thesis with your supervisor and get feedback easily. Image
2. Use Google Drive to store your thesis

Google Drive is a great place to store your thesis. You can access it from anywhere, and you can share it with your supervisor easily.

Remember to save your work in multiple locations to avoid the risk of losing it! Image
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In the last 6 months

I spoke with >100 PhD candidates from different unis, fields, and at different stages of their journey 🎓

Here is the list of the common problems we experience to convince you you're not alone (+ tips on how to deal with them):

PART I

#phdvoice #phdchat
1. No onboarding, having to piece together all the info
How do the printers work? What is FAIR data? For most of us, there was no comprehensive onboarding that'd explain how the academic environment works
💡Tip: team up with a more senior PhD student to get some lifehacks
2. Feeling frustrated, lost, lacking progress
Most of us have to define the project ourselves. An overwhelming amount of information and no clear "rules of the game" take their toll
💡Tip: narrow down, define your niche, read the best articles from your field, get feedback early
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How I am organizing and taking notes when it comes to “Literature Review”.

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@ThePhDPlace @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter #SciComm #phdchat #Science Image
Note 1: If you have read all my threads so far, then you know that I have written about (many) tools and formats (s) to search for literature reviews. Now, it’s time to see how you can write your literature review.
Note 2: This is a combination of two methods that I am trying as of now and have clubbed together. Even though I am still in my developing stage with this format, I thought to share it here.
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Today's #ResearchTip answers a question I'm asked a lot by scholars: "How do I write a book?"
Here's a thread🧵explaining how to do it. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #HigherEd #gradschool #PhDChat #MedEd #PhDHelp
If you're thinking about writing a book, the first thing to ask is 'why do I want to do this?' Some common reasons are:
- want to share ideas with others
- impact
- always been a dream/ambition
- prestige
- promotion/career progression
- money
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
Wanting to share ideas is a great reason for writing a book.
Before you go further, note what those ideas are - and who you want to reach? Is an academic book (or any kind of book) the best way to document your ideas and share them with others? #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
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Academic writing is a superpower. It's a key to publishing, getting a new job or tenure, and becoming known in the field

These 10 AI-powered websites will help you with EVERY part of your manuscript and will save you 100+ hours:

#openscience #AcademicTwitter #phdvoice #phdchat
1. Title: level up your article title at headlines.coschedule.com
2. Abstract: summarise your academic article into one paragraph using 1) upword.ai, 2) summari.com, or 3) paper-digest.com (academia-specific)
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I've designed more >10K slides over the last five years.

Here is the exhaustive list of sources I used to make them stand out, from templates to AI-generated music:

#presentation #academicpresentation #AcademicTwitter #openscience #phdchat
Choose one of the many customizable templates and go beyond powerpoint slides:
Substitute text with visuals. Find a relevant stock photo for free on one of these platforms:


Bonus: remove the watermark from any image here: watermarkremover.io
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My top PhD tip - every PhD student needs to be active on Twitter!

I didn't take Twitter seriously until my PhD ended, and I regret it.

Here are six benefits of a strong PhD Twitter game 👇

@OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @thephdstory @AcademicChatter @thoughtsofaphd @PhDspeaks
1. I need to clarify what I mean by a strong Twitter game.

For me, it means tweeting your own thoughts every day, being a generous follower, having a legible bio, and writing as you'd speak to your work friends.

Most PhD students and academics on Twitter don't do this.
2. When you put effort into Twitter, you'll reap the rewards.

Make no mistake, upping your Twitter game will take time and effort. But if you use it properly, it's time and effort well spent.

Now let's get into benefits!
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This is the “Thesis breakdown” or you can call it the “Outline of the dissertation” that I am following for my PhD.

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@OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace @AcademicChatter #SciComm #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
Note: I got these points as one image a while ago but here I am -- who made that image into a presentation. I kind of followed this outline for two of my previous thesis. Also, these are chapter breakdowns.

I hope this turns out to be useful in your PhD dissertation writing.
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Dressed as my supervisor's feedback on my PhD thesis for Halloween because nothing is scarier than reality
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#phdlife #phdchat #phdmemes Photo of a woman wearing a ...Same image but now showing ...
I'm muting this now because replies are getting ridiculous - was just meant as a silly joke to bring comfort to PhD friends - please don't take a Halloween outfit out of context. My supervisor is great and I don't need defending by strangers on the internet!
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