Guides, Tips, and Tools for PhD Students and Academics
How to finish your PhD on time by… ScienceWoman
Conducting great research
How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time by Hal R. Varian
Literature Review Notes, Tips, and Tricks by Dan Hirschman
How to Succeed in Academia or Die Trying Have Fun Trying by Lasse Pederson
Experienced advice for “lost” graduate students in Economics by Ariel Rubenstein
Ten Simple Rules for Doing Your Best Research, According to Hamming by Thomas C. Erren, Paul Cullen, Michael Erren, Philip E. Bourne
Writing great research
Writing Tips for Ph. D. Students by John Cochrane
How to write a Research Paper and get it accepted by Good Journal by Anthony Newman
How to write consistently boring scientific literature by Kaj Sand-Jensen
On writing well by Stephen Walt
The Slowdown of the Economics Publishing Process by Glenn Ellison
Rejections and the importance of first response times, The Review Process in Economics: Is It Too Fast? and The slowdown in first-response times of economics journals: Can it be beneficial? by Ofer Azar
The do’s and don’t’s of submitting scientific papers in the Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (2009)
How to Publish in a Top Journal by Dan Hamermesh
On the job market + becoming a junior faculty + teaching
Job Market Advice I: The Summer and Fall Before Going on the Job Market by Marc F. Bellemare (also look here for Marc Bellemare’s example of a teaching philosophy statement).
Teaching the Principles of Economics by Greg Mankiw
The Conference Handbook by George Stigler
Survival Strategies for the Fledgling Finance Professor by Philip Cooley
Academic presentation tips
“There is no such thing as boring knowledge — only boring presenters.”
Tip #2: Avoid the podium
Great research tools
Remember Everything is Evernote’s “branding message” and its correct. With Evernote, any research ideas that pop up in your mind you can write it down in Evernote’s apps. This app syncs with your PC/MAC, phone, tablet etc.
You may probably know what Google Reader is. It’s your own little hub of all the blogs you follow. I like it to follow other academic blogs. I get a lot of ideas from there.
I am surprised that many don’t know Google Alert. With Google Alert, you can ask to report you, on a daily basis, any new stuff on the web that was created in the last 24hours on a topic of choice. A great way to keep track of what is going on in your field of research.
Mindnote (Mac only — free version and pro version for 19.99)
Basically, Mindnote is one of the best brainstorming tool available.
A personal library of research. Keep track of all your research articles and make sure they are well organized.
Omnifocus (for Mac products only, $80)
Omnifocus is personal productivity application. It’s costly but how effective to keep track of all your work, projects, bills to pay, etc! It is not a personal agenda. The app is in part based on the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. (look also for the student discount)
OmniGraphSketcher (for Mac, $30)
If you want to make the best looking graphs for your research (with absolute total ease) this is the app for you. (look for the student discount)
Omniwriter (for Mac, $5)
Omniwriter (not part of the same company who developed Omnifocus and OmniGraphSketcher) is a simple text editor that allows you to be totally immersed and focused when it comes to writing… it is surprisingly an amazing app.
Skim allows you open any PDF documents and annotate them the way you want. Let’s say it’s easier to annotate documents in PDF using Skim when sharing your research with co-authors.
Stack Overflow is a website where all programmers meet and help others who need help with MATLAB, SAS, PYTHON, C++, etc. I had to learn Matlab real fast and without Stack Overflow, it would have taken me an eternity. You can get replies really fast and when you submit a question. Make sure you approve the answers (if the correct one) suggested by authors to build up your reputation.