Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

How to overcome procrastination in your scientific work

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 5 Ways to Start Changing How Things Get Done Two reasons for procrastinating is being unclear about your goals and lacking your why. Although this may happen when we do scientific work, the major part of us knows where the research is headed and the underlying reasons for doing it. However, we can still procrastinate. […]

What are the most common mistakes in conveying a scientific message?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the first sentences I use in Programming classes comes from Steve Jobs “If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t go very far.” Steve Jobs We crave for success in everything we do, but often built it on failure. Especially in science like Stuart Firestein explored in his excellent book on Failure. There are […]

What do you need to reach big goals? Small steps

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Imagine those tasks you have to do, but you lack the motivation for doing them. It can be something simple as cleaning the kitchen or something more complicated like reviewing a thesis, writing a paper, or performing an experiment. What can you do to fulfill your task when you lack momentum? This happened with me […]

Is there a best tool for writing scientific papers?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Most people use Microsoft Word to write documents. And most scientific journals and conferences ask authors to submit their work using Word templates. In conferences, a Word template can be important to format the final edition of the proceedings. If you have different tools, you have to make sure the final result is the same […]

What is the best app for reviewing scientific papers?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes There was a time people printed papers for reviewing. Double-spaced text with tables and figures at the end. Well, with devices like the iPad, people need not print papers anymore. If paper is better for you, that’s ok, I understand, but there’s no longer a “need to print”. Today you have apps where you can […]

How to deal with the fear of publishing your scientific results

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Do you fear submitting you work for publication? There are several reasons for this fear.  “I feel I don’t have enough data, or data which is good enough.”  “I have high expectations about the work and fear how the scientific community will react.”  “I fear the possibility of being embarrassed if I make any mistake.” […]

No way to escape exams: how-to find hope instead of despair

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 3-Thoughts to help you overcome exams successfully If you’re studying for exams, do you feel nervous before entering the room? Do you feel fear and anxiety about how are your going to perform? What makes you feel like that? What do you complaint the most when preparing for your exams? When I was a student, I […]

Why students dislike deductions

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When teaching I’m not only concerned about the applications within a certain subject, but I try to motivate students in learning concepts. But should I deliver a certain concept on a platter or explain how we get there, deducing it? I prefer the later, but some students prefer the former. The challenge is more than […]

Writing meaningful Highlights in scientific papers

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Reading Time: 5 minutes One novelty in scientific papers in the last decade was Elsevier’s introduction of highlights. Are authors paying sufficient attention to highlights writing?     Highlights are 3 to 5 short sentences containing core findings of the research described in the paper. Highlights are available only online with the purpose of driving a person’s attention toward reading the […]

So much done for your students and for what?

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Reading Time: 3 minutes What is our “why” as a professor? Teach and Research, although not necessarily in this order. For 14 weeks I’ve shared with my students several tips to increase their productivity and thrive at any discipline. But after the results in the first evaluation of my discipline… I wondered what’s wrong … Academic productivity is like a […]