Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

What can you do to overcome the crisis of accumulating research work

How can you be productive when work accumulates, the need for scheduling meetings continues, plus some additional formation you’re asked to take, classes, thesis supervision, projects, family commitments and the list continues. You begin to list what to do, and soon realize you’re lost in what remains to do. You could procrastinate, and that is […]

What are the most essential tips for scientific writing?

A few days ago, I received an email for Wiley Publishers pointing to a document containing 10 Essential writing tips for engineers. Some of those tips concern other aspects of a researcher’s presentation of his work – conferences, keynotes, tips for the slides, etc. -, which does not involve writing. However, there are three writing […]

How do you feel the day before a presentation?

Do you know the experience of having a presentation the next day and constantly dream about it? Do you succeed in your dreams or fail? I woke up today experiencing this. And I cannot tell whether I succeeded or failed. I only know that such experience is one of vulnerability. I usually deal with vulnerability […]

How do you plan your day?

“What gets scheduled gets done.” – I love this sentence by Michael Hyatt because it synthesizes well the purpose of planning: getting things done. But have you ever experienced planning things and, afterward, it seems every day has a life of its own, stopping you from reaching your goals? I often experience this and started […]

Web-publish or social-perish

In science, there is a famous saying about the need of putting your work out through scientific publications.   Publish or perish.   Otherwise, you won’t get promoted or given any other responsibilities which help you grow in your scientific career. This need of publishing is quite a challenge because producing scientific work that matters […]

Do you want a free scientific writing tool that counts?

It’s almost a crime if you don’t share with the world the knowledge you develop through scientific writing. But most of us feel the pressure of time to think through all the results and explain them, and the tendency to procrastinate becomes enormous. We should forget the most important thing: My first paper was for […]

Why writing goals helps improving your research

If people who write their goals are accomplishing significantly more than those who don’t (says research), how does this works for researchers? The same. Writing goals might be more important than you think to achieve them. As a researcher and professor, I know my goals, but I’m not used to writing them. However, when you start supervising […]

How much is the unique view of a scientist reflected in his writing?

Recently, I received a review of a scientific article suggesting that I corrected grammatical errors such as “we observed” and “we evaluated”. First I thought these expressions were in the same sentence, but no. And no credible software pointed those expressions as grammatical errors. Why did the reviewer think of them as errors? And then […]

Who controls your digital life… you?

The pace of technological innovation is fast. Technology has literally changed our habits, thoughts and lifestyles. In the last decades, we assisted the rise of social media, and again, with a profound impact in our lives. A digital life emerged. However, have you ever looked at people in the subway or airport lounge? Everyone has […]

How to grasp the strength of being an open-minded researcher

What does it mean for a researcher to be open-minded? Doing research is not knowing what the outcome will be, but work only on some intuition. The result of every scientific investigation may challenge our perception of reality, and we limit the creative process unless we cultivate an open mind. At the beginning of my […]