Scientific productivity tips from Hartley and Branthwaite

Hartley and Branthwaite (1989) have done a questionnaire study of productive psychologists. They make the following recommendation for best productivity:

  • Make a rough plan;
  • Complete sections at a time;
  • Use a word processor if possible;
  • Revise and redraft at least twice;
  • Spend about 2–5 hours writing each week;
  • Find quiet conditions in which to write;
  • Set goals and targets;
  • Get colleagues and friends to comment on early drafts;
  • Collaborate with trusted friends.

Source: Sylvie Noël.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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