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.

How Zettlr changed my relation to research literature

After using Zettlr for a couple of years, I have noticed a fundamental change in how I use research literature in my research and writing. In this blog post, I reflect on this development and describe how it happened.

All the things we do in order not to write

I confess! I am a procrastinator. In my journey toward writing more, I do everything in my power to postpone writing. Most of the time, the things I do instead of writing look very smart and relevant. But their sole purpose is to delay the writing itself.

How to (almost) use Zettlr on Android devices

Are you a Zettlr user? Then you might occasionally want to, as I did, write short notes or even longer blog posts without sitting at your desktop computer and glaring at your Zettelkasten. You may be at a cafe, as…

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.

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.

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!