Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

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 […]

Why being a good scientist when you can keep getting better

People think scientists keep failing until they get it right. I disagree. We keep failing until we know why we get it wrong. There’s no “right” or definitive explanation in science. There is only the next question. This is why I admire the grit, resilience, and belief in people like Elon Musk who continue to […]

Unexpected opportunities hidden behind troubling indexes

Don’t measure yourself by your metrics. Your worth is in how much you put yourself into what, how and why you do science. The unexpected opportunities of making a difference with your work lie ahead, but the question is: are you all-in? My first publication was in 2002 for an International Conference of the Society […]

Your publication titles are a list or a story?

Researchers make science. And behind that science is a story. If we looked into one’s publications, would we see a list or that story? Are there different types of stories? You may think science is impersonal, but nothing could be farther from the truth. On the contrary, science is deeply personal and the way a […]

Did you know scientists should have an artistic vein?

Scientists have an artistic vein. Or, at least, should be artists because the job demands it. We can take an entire working period making two to three plots. Do you wonder why? Edward Tufte said “Clarity and excellence in thinking is very much like clarity and excellence in the display of data.” That’s why. A […]