• Let's Face It: Paper Figures Are Always Subject to Change (10 Mar 2023)
    As a researcher, I have learned that the process of creating figures is a journey of discovery, a process of refinement, and a crucible of critique. This article provides insights into the transformations that a particular figure undergo throughout the research process (before publication).
  • How to Write a Good Cover Letter for a Research Paper (23 Nov 2022)
    It's a common practice in academic journals to ask authors to write a short cover letter to the editor. In this post, I share my experience writing cover letters for academic journals, along with useful tricks and tips that I've found along the way.
  • No One Cares About Your Research! (11 May 2022)
    Doing a PhD is sometimes a very stressful journey. I believe this stress is unnecessary, as it primarily results from students taking science too seriously. They genuinely believe that others are continuously evaluating the quality of their research. But this is very far from being true. In practice, no one actually cares about a particular research paper that doesn't have her name on it. And I argue that this is a comfortable truth.
  • How to Write a Good Revision Letter (13 Mar 2022)
    Dealing with a major revision is a challenging process in the life of doctoral students. In this post, I share my personal system and some useful resources that may help you to navigate the academic revision process with panache.
  • Staying in Academia: How PhD Profiles are Evaluated? (22 Feb 2022)
    For those who decided to stay in academia, achieving a position as a tenured professor is not easy, to say the least. There are several evaluation layers to pass before reaching this position, so it is better to be prepared. Research profiles are be carefully evaluated before being accepted or rejected, so it is better for you to prepare well for what is coming.
  • How to Write a Good Paper Rebuttal (29 Jan 2022)
    My conference paper was rejected. Is it worth writing a rebuttal? This post answers this question and presents practical guidelines to write an excellent rebuttal.
  • How to Track the Progress of a Research Project (17 Jan 2022)
    Academic research is a demanding activity in constant change and evolution. Consequently, tracking the progress of a research project is challenging. This post describes my methodology to address this particular problem.
  • How I Overcome Writer's Block When Preparing a Research Paper (07 Nov 2021)
    Writing a research paper can be a tremendous challenge, even for experienced researchers. I've faced the so-called writer's block many times, especially when starting the writing process. Fortunately, with time I've developed personal systems that allow me to deal with this particular issue.
  • Seven Reasons to Go For a Ph.D. In Computer Science (21 Oct 2021)
    Starting a Ph.D. in Computer Science is a serious decision that literally changes your life. There are many motivations to choose this career path. Let's take a look at 7 of them.
  • Book Review: The Ph.D. Grind (24 Jun 2021)
    If you are seriously considering doing a Ph.D. in Computer Science, the Ph.D. Grind is the book for you.
  • Shortening the Distance Between Academia and Industry (02 Nov 2020)
    Presenting research work to industrial engineers is essential for the sustainability of the whole research business.
  • Empirical Software Engineering Research Is Harder Than You Think (15 Oct 2020)
    The ingredients for a good software engineering paper are very difficult to find in practice.