Academic Skills

  • Journal vs conference papers: Key differences & advice

    Journal and conference papers are not the same, and both formats have advantages and disadvantages. A good understanding of the key differences between journal and conference papers avoids pitfalls, such as copyright issues when wanting to turn a conference into…

  • Types of editorial decisions after peer review (+ how to react)

    After submitting their manuscripts to academic journals, authors receive one of several editorial decisions: ‘desk reject’, ‘revise and resubmit’, ‘major revisions’, ‘minor revisions’, or ‘paper accepted.’ Learn what these editorial decisions precisely mean, and how to react. Contents The meaning…

  • The different stages in the manuscript publication process

    Submitting a manuscript to an academic journal is a big step. It is also the beginning of a complex publication process in which a manuscript goes through different stages. In each stage, the status of a manuscript changes. Understanding this…

  • How to develop an awesome PhD timeline step-by-step

    A successful PhD journey begins with a solid plan that includes a PhD timeline. A thought-through and well-designed PhD timeline requires some time but can be accomplished in a few simple steps. Contents Why a clear PhD research timeline mattersStep…

  • Creating awesome Gantt charts for your PhD timeline

    It’s a common scenario: you have never heard about Gantt charts. Then, when writing a PhD application or planning your PhD timeline for the upcoming years, someone suggests: You should include a Gantt chart! No need to worry. Here is…

  • Clever strategies to keep up with the latest academic research

    Every day, hundreds of new academic articles and books are published. No wonder it is easy to feel overwhelmed! However, with 4 clever strategies, you can get a grip on new publications and keep up with the latest research in…

  • Introduce yourself in a PhD interview (4 simple steps + examples)

    The opening of an application interview for a PhD position usually starts with short introductions of everyone participating in the conversation. Many applicants wonder how to best introduce themselves in a PhD interview. Four simple steps (including examples) help you…

  • 10 key skills of successful master’s students

    Following a master’s programme is an exciting time. What are the skills that make master’s students successful? There are ten key skills that set successful master’s students apart and help them to make the most of their journey. Contents #1…

  • How to select a journal for publication as a PhD student

    Selecting a suitable journal to publish your academic work can be overwhelming. However, six concrete strategies can help you to select a suitable journal. Combined, these strategies allow you to identify the perfect journal for your next publication. Contents Explore…

  • How to structure your viva presentation (with examples)

    Most PhD vivas and PhD defences start with a short presentation by the candidate. The structure of these presentations is very important! There are several factors and approaches to consider when developing your viva presentation structure. Contents Factors to consider…

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