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Feb 3 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
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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#PostDoc #newPI #PIchat #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.
Jan 25 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
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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#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!
Dec 28, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
As an academic writing coach, here are the 9 questions I recommend to agree on with your co-authors BEFORE you start writing your paper so you can produce a well-written article time-efficiently.

(And stay on good terms with your collaborators!)

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#AcademicTwitter #1: Who owns the project?

👩‍🔬 That person is responsible for keeping the project and writing on track, arranges meetings and is likely the first or last author of the paper.
Dec 19, 2022 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
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.
Dec 14, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
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"
Dec 7, 2022 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
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.
Dec 1, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
The title of your paper is your shop front.

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

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#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.
Nov 23, 2022 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
As an academic writing coach, here are the 5⃣ most common mistakes I see researchers make in their scientific papers.

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#AcademicChatter #PostDoc #1: Neglecting tension

Ever got told to "tell a story" in your article? Including an element of tension is how you do it!

✅ Clearly describe the problem that your study is solving
Nov 19, 2022 • 19 tweets • 9 min read
I 🧡 podcasts. 🎧

If you do too, here are 15 recommendations (in no particular order) for podcasts about writing, research and academic life.

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#AcademicChatter #ECRchat #PostDoc #1: Academic Writing Amplified


• Hosted by academic writing coach Dr Cathy Mazak
• Theme Writing as a tool to advance your career
• Focus on womxn

I have been a guest, check it out 👇…
Nov 17, 2022 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Are you and your co-authors editing the abstract of your paper again and again before submitting to get it just perfect?

👇 Use this template instead and save yourself hoursss!

#PostDoc #ECRchat #AcademicChater #1 Describe the broad problem your paper solves

😱 In 1 sentence, hook your reader describing a problem in your field that your research is contributing to solving. Every reader of the journal should understand this sentence.
Oct 27, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
Here are 10 fool-proof steps to create clear & concise figures for your next research paper.

(Because how you visually communicate the results of your study is as important as the text!)

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#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter Step 1: Define the central message of each figure

💬 Split up figures if you are finding yourself communicating two or more key take-aways per figure (panel).
Oct 19, 2022 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
About to submit your paper? 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 keep. 🔖


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

Make sure that the studies you cite are actually substantiating the statements you make in your manuscript.
Oct 13, 2022 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
As an academic writing coach, here are the 5 most common mistakes I see researchers make when they write their Discussion section.

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#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter Mistake 1⃣: Providing paragraphs of background information

💡 Use the Introduction section for context. In the Discussion section, any mentioned background info needs to be discussed together with your own findings.
Sep 6, 2022 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
Exceeding the word limit in your manuscript?

Here are 7 strategies to reduce your word count.

A thread. 🧵 #1: Have a clearly defined central message that runs through the WHOLE manuscript

➡️ Check each figure panel, each subsection, each paragraph and each sentence to make sure they're aligned with your central message. 💫
Aug 8, 2022 • 18 tweets • 6 min read
15 bookmark-worthy tools for researchers that cost you nothing and will save you time (& nerves) when researching, writing and publishing.

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#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #1: Time-tracking with Toggl

• Understand how you are spending your time
• Track how long each task is taking you so you can plan accordingly
• Be more focused on the task at hand

I use Toggl daily. ⌛️