Author Archives: Jessica Jewell

About Jessica Jewell

Jessica Jewell is a Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

5 Typography essentials for academic texts

Typography can affect everything from the mood of a text to how convincing its arguments are. When self-publishing a thesis or working paper, or even in preparing a piece for review it’s good to follow these rules to make your texts … Continue reading

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Taking full advantage of Scrivener’s power for short writing: Streamlining research and writing

Recently, I’ve been writing shorter pieces and have developed a new workflow in Scrivener. At the beginning of a writing session, I work on the text which I’m prepared to write (i.e. I have all the references and ideas fleshed … Continue reading

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Color-coding scrivenings in Scrivener

One of things that makes Scrivener such a joy to work with is being able to color code scrivenings. At a glance, you can immediately see the state of different parts of text and, if you’re using Scrivener for collaboration, … Continue reading

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5 reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener

Writing a thesis is painful. And it should be. But the pain should rest in wrestling with ideas and data not with software. Scrivener takes the pain out of the software side and ensures that your attention is always in … Continue reading

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Writing a thesis one day at a time

Usually, a thesis is the first book you will write and all professional writers talk about the importance of setting a daily target. When writing up your thesis, a daily target is critical if you want to avoid a breakdown … Continue reading

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When Microsoft Word is best for the job

In the past Macademic wrote about misuses of and alternatives to Microsoft Word. But we also believe sometimes Word is the best tool for the job. In such cases it should be used to its full capacity including captions and cross-referencing, custom keyboard … Continue reading

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Disciplining the mind with software

One of the challenges with writing is switching between different mindsets. Theoretically it is possible to switch between these mindsets within a single writing environment like Microsoft Word or even on a sheet of paper. The problem is that when … Continue reading

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The Tao of the three drafts

writing is creation. writing is change. writing is clarity. These three principles from the Tao of Writing illustrate why writing is difficult: because it requires the writer to switch between different mindsets – one for each of the principles. The … Continue reading

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Don’t let your Keynote animations compete with you

One of the best things about using a Mac is getting to use Keynote. It is a powerful and beautiful alternative to working with power point. Keynote has flexible and easy-to-use animations (called “Builds”) and transitions between slides which can … Continue reading

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Simple tables on Mac

After our entry on figures someone asked for tips on dealing with tables. I write academic articles and my needs are pretty basic, so I have a simple workflow for tables. Design shack has a great entry on designing nice tables … Continue reading

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