Category: Academic writing

Blog posts that talk about my experience with writing for academic journals and conferences. I also have all my tips for my students on thesis writing here.

Tips and pointers to writing a good discussion chapter

Writing a discussion chapter can show to be challenging. Suddenly you are finished with presenting findings and results. What do you do now? There is no magic formula for writing a good discussion chapter. But here follow some tips I have collected for you to consider.

Tips for the first-time academic publication referee

In this blog post I have collected some tips for writing a good referee report in the research methods subject IT3010 that I teach at NTNU together with Elena Parmiggiani. The tips are based on actual review reports that the students submit. So new students will benefit from carefully reading this blog post. Please provide your feedback in the comments field if you have questions or suggestions for more tips.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

This is a book about writing non-fiction. At the same time– surprising for me at least– it is a book about writing interesting, beautiful and artistic non-fiction. I am a researcher myself and I write a lot of professional text. But as a researcher I was never educated in writing well. This is the book I was missing. It pointed me to a lot of mistakes that I have done in my writing for many years –not grammatical but aesthetic and literary mistakes.

Writing tools

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very nice book for those like me who are very bad at writing. Tools that cover all the phases of writing, from…

Don’t just claim it, prove it or assume it!

It is quite common for many students (and many many experiences researchers) to claim things as if they were facts, or to express their wishes and opinions as if they were facts.

A trip through the peer review sausage grinder

To sum up, peer review works well as a minimal gatekeeper for scientific publishing. Researchers who have good work rejected can simply try again without too high a cost. Bad papers make it through, but generally sink without a trace…

Why and how to write the state-of-the-art.

State-of-the-art (SoTA) is a step to demonstrate the novelty of your research results. The importance of being the first to demonstrate research results is a cornerstone of the research business. You cannot get a Nobel prize (anymore) by learning Einstein‘s…

Writing the abstract.

This posting is a part of my “Tips on technical writing” series.

The abstract is an important part of your report and will in most cases be the sole determinant of the impact of the research you did. This is because most researchers focus on abstracts when searching for literature. If you don’t have a good abstract, no researcher will read the rest of your paper/report!

Reveal your secrets as early and as often as possible.

Remember, you are not writing a crime fiction! This is a very common mistake in technical writing, and is a very annoying one as well, especially for the reader! It is common practice in literary genres such as crime fiction…