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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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Book proposals: What’s involved? How do you write them? Here are 14 tips from editors Emily Andrew of @McGillQueensUP, Randy Schmidt of @UBCPress and Dan Quinlan of @utpress. They’ll have more to say at a panel at #congressh in Toronto. A thread… 🧡 Image
1. Before you submit a book proposal, meet with an acquisition editor to form a relationship. This way when the proposal arrives it will have a face and a conversation attached. 🀝(@eandreweditor) #bookproposal
2. There is no protocol to contacting an acquisitions editor. Reach out to them by name. Our contact information is online, we will know many of your colleagues and peers, and we are approachable. Leverage mutual contacts and relationships. (Dan Quinlan, @utpress) πŸ“§πŸ“ž#Editors
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Here's your roundup of top #CarbonDioxideRemoval News Articles / Scientific Papers from the past week: 🌱πŸͺ¨πŸŽ›οΈπŸŒŠ

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1️⃣ In this week’s @CipherClimate Voices article, "@naimmerchant, @NoahMcQueen13, & Grant Faber discuss:
πŸ”Έthe critical role #DAC will play in achieving #NetZero
πŸ”Έhow DAC solutions are improving in terms of cost & efficiency as the tech scales."


2️⃣ 🌊New paper dropped by @bach_lennart, @_david_ho_ & others on "how to deal with air-sea gas exchange uncertainties when assessing the efficacy of ocean-based #CarbonDioxdeRemoval."


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"The discussion of energy consumption for cryogenic & combined #DirectAirCapture systems is explored in the newly published thesis."πŸŽ›οΈ

Details are discussed in aπŸ§΅β¬‡οΈ
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In this novel approach, "a thermodynamic model was constructed using psychometric theories to model the #desublimation of CO2 in a #DAC system. The system was modeled
to include a precooling heat exchanger & a deposition chamber where the desublimation
of CO2 occurs."
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3️⃣ base systems studied:
πŸ”Έ NC (no precompression/turbine recovery)
πŸ”ΈPC (precompression only)
πŸ”ΈTR (precompression & turbine recovery)
at 3️⃣ different compression ratios, n=400, 800 & 2000.
Then, a combination #DAC system, PSA, was modeled."
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1/ Thread on our investment thesis in "in-store credit" market. We like to call it "Offline checkout".

In 1-line, transfer of workflow control in-store from merchant to consumer will unlock the in-store credit market in India.

#offline #checkout #thesis #fintech @Stellaris
2/ To begin with, let's understand the market top-down.

Annual consumer spends on offline merchants are over $1T, of which only a sliver is bought on credit.

Consumer durables and mobiles is the only category where over 25% spends are on credit. Rest categories are all small.
3/ If we talk about the unsecured consumer lending market, lending book stood at $73B pre COVID (to be precise Jan '19).

Of this, $54B was Personal loans, $13B was Credit card and only $6B was Consumer loans (In-store).
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Some useful things to try to beat #writersblock in the #PhD and get back in flow. A 🧡

#phdchat #phdlife #phdtips #AcademicTwitter @OpenAcademics @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie #thesiswriting #academicwriting #researchwriting #phdthesis #postgrad #Dissertation
1/ first: don't sit there forcing yourself to get the motivation back. Nobody in the history of ever got motivated by telling themselves to feel motivated.

Instead, acknowledge you're not feeling it & shift focus instead. Read on... πŸ‘‡πŸΌ
2/ Try reading something that usually gives you the academic equivalent of fanny flutters (!). Your favourite journo article, your fave writer, a section of your research journal, an interesting joy-giving bit of data.

That might spark some ideas to bring back into your writing
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We should not only make research more accessible because it is the right thing to do, but because it provides more accurate results.

Listen to the full podcast on our website:

#AcademicChatter #DisabledInSTEM #DisabledinHigherEd @FractalEcho
Video description: Purple background with a picture of Dr. Rua Williams: a person with light skin, brown hair to their shoulders, and wears circular glasses. They wear a white floral collared shirt, floral bowtie, and blazer/jacket. White text that reads:
Dr. Rua Williams discusses how accessible data collection methods provide better research results that are more comprehensive and valid.
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How I planned for + wrote 6 #thesis chapters in my last year while keeping all my mornings, evenings + weekends free.

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@OpenAcademics @PhDspeaks @PhDSurvival @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phdtips #phdchat #phdwriting #postgradresearch
First, a note: I fucked about a LOT the first 2-3 yrs of the PhD. Then, had 2 bereavements + 6 straight months of health issues which put me out of action. So I ended up writing most of the thesis only in my last writing up year.

I cut it close but I got it done.

1. I looked at everything I had to do + planned backwards: How many chapters over how many months. I broke the writing plan down into months, and then into weeks.

I had an idea of how I work and how much I'm able to do within a week, so I kept it realistic.

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Tools for your PhD Journey...

I have found a list of β€œ22” things which I have found quite helpful over the years as a researcher, writer and designer.

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Digital notebooks like @Labstep and a physical notebook: To write your experiments, short and long-term goals, updates etc.

2. Portable reading tools like @AmazonKindle or iPad. It's easy to carry (anywhere), read, highlight, and jot down notes.
3. Bibliography manager: Not a secret anymore! You can use @zotero and @mendeley_com. Also, @ConnectedPapers to build a graph of similar papers.

4. @unpaywall to access the full text of scholarly articles.
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Finally the second chapter of my #PhD #thesis is out πŸ’ͺπŸ₯³
> 1 year after thesis submission!
Thanks so much πŸ™ to my co-authors @CFlensburg @ianjmajewski and Terry Speed for their persistence and support!
(thread πŸ‘‡) #RNAseq #CancerGenomics #mutations…
Our goal was to decide on the library size needed to sequence a cohort of ~90 in-house Leukaemia RNA-Seq samples to allow good sensitivity for both DE analyses and mutation calling.
We used publicly available deeply sequenced RNA-Seq samples (from Leucegene) from the same cancer type and called mutations using 6 methods (combinations of 3 popular callers and filtering methods).
We called mutations on the initial and randomly downsampled data.
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Day 2. Still pre-conference. I must confess that while taking notes today, I sincerely wondered to myself: how will I condense this much information in a way that its essence is not lost? So much was said; so much needs to be done. Oya grab your seat. @LagosStudies #lsa2019
The first panel was the Gender and Academy II. Panelists were Yetunde Zaid, Lynn Schler, Bamidele Wale-Oshinowo, Oyeronke Oyewunmi, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome (@mojubaolu) and Taibat Lawanson (@TaibatLawanson) The first question shows that mentorship comes in various forms.
Who was your first mentor?:

"My first mentor was my Ph.D. supervisor. He was good @ treating students equally&that gave everyone a sense of confidence when starting out with their career. It distilled any competition that we might have&developed a sense of community.” Schler
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This semester we started a writing group in lab. We have to write:
4 Honors Thesis
1 MS Thesis
2 Comprehensive Exams (F31 style)
and papers and grants.

It seemed a little overwhelming at first, but we've broken it down. (1/n)
Step 1: We blocked out two hours every Monday to write together. #MadWriting
Step 2: We set bite-sized goals for every single writing project, due on Friday. (e.g., Feb1: draft methods and draft results headers), working back from everyone's individualized deadlines. (2/n)
For writing group, I bring snacks, and everyone gets coffee or tea, and we all sit together. In silence. Writing.

At the beginning of each writing group we all share what we plan to accomplish *in that session*, and then check in at the end of the two hours. (3/n)
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Born & raised in #Fanar #Lebanon, a tiny country in the middle east with a lot to offer. I always had a positive outlook on life maybe because of the culture or valuesπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ.
If you don't know #Lebanon or a #lebanese then you should start mingling 🀣
@IWS_Network #VoicesIWS
I grew up surrounded by a loving, joking & tough type of family that always support each other even amidst fighting. You can imaging being 4 kids in different age groups can cause a lot of fights growing up πŸ˜‚ #siblingsfight #family #VoicesIWS
I have my issuesπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ! I always wanted to prove myself & make my family proud(2nd child). A pressure that was just in my head; they were always proud of us. I wanted to grow up to be a doctor or an army officer like my dad. Let's just say I changed my mind! #VoicesIWS @IWS_Network
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