Jan 25, 2022Liked by prof serious

Great advice - I'm going to stick this on my research team's virtual wall!

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Jan 25, 2022Liked by prof serious

so good to hear I should be worried... :-)

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Here is a statement to think about - " The word processor has damaged research"

Those of you who are under 50 may have never used a typewriter in anger. Typewriters were difficult to use and you easily made mistakes. As result, you had to write your reports/papers/thesis in longhand. You were forced to refine your use of English: keeping the text precise knowing that you may have to type it. This language rigour also improved how you presented your argument.  

Word processors allow text to be written quickly  - too quickly for the writer's brain to edit and refine the text.

Have a look at the PHDs Thesis's in your department, you will find the average size of 1960/70s PhD Thesis's is about 75 to100 pages - today a 300 page thesis, plus an appendix is not uncommon. Most of these mega PhD's/Reports/Papers fall into my category of  "Never mind the quality - look at the size. It must be good"

I am not a Luddite, I find Grammarly a revelation for someone who has always struggled with spelling and grammar.

Have a look at Crick and Watson's paper on the suggested structure of DNA - a two-page classic.  If a similar paper was published today it would take up a whole journal. To be fair, Crick and Watson did go a bit mad in their follow up paper, in Nature, which was four pages long.


Remember, less ( well written) is more :-) Think of the poor examiner/reviewer who has to read your work.



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