Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Thoughtful writing

Why would an audience understand the real value of research through a Tweet, with a limited number of words? Maybe yes, maybe not. I think there’s a better way.

Simple tip to write more and better

Do you feel you don’t have the time to write? A book, an article or a simple blog post? I have good news for you. Your problem is not the lack of time, but the lack of habit. A couple of years ago I wanted to write more, so I began developing the habit of […]

Exercises to develop the willpower muscle of scientific writing

Writing a scientific paper when you have the results takes willpower. It’s not easy to put what you’ve done into words, and clear enough that others may reproduce what you did. It also takes time, and if you have other commitments because you work at a company or teach, it is competing with them. But […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to get more done in scientific writing in less time

“Why do we take so long to produce so little?” Have you ever asked yourself this question? I have. Numerous times. And I think this often occurs in scientific writing, especially in the results and discussion section which demands creative thinking. That is the section including scientific revolutions, right? I hear a lot from my […]

Little secret on how to write better rebuttals after harsh reviews

What do you feel when you receive the comments from reviewers of an article you submitted, and they ask for major revisions? What if you feel their comments show a weak reading of your work?  Most of us feel upset and demotivated. I understand and experience the same feelings. The question is: how can we work on […]

How to create killer abstracts in scientific papers and why

In a previous post about using word count as a method to improve the flow of your scientific writing, I suggested that looking at the right number of words in Abstracts, which is around 250, it’s almost like a blog post. Thus, if we think about Abstracts like blog posts, what are the implications? If […]