Six Extremely Essential Tools for Academic Writers

These tools help you to avoid looking like a fool

Afzal Badshah, PhD
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4 min readFeb 17, 2022


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After spending about three years in a PhD, I finalized my first research paper and submitted it to a reputable journal. After months of waiting, I got some very silly comments from critics. None of these suggestions were useful for the study. To sum up the reviewers’ comments in one sentence, this will be

The language and formating of the article is too poor to publish it in the journal

Though, these comments were not helpful. They frustrated me. Particularly, in an academic session, paper rejection hurts a lot. However, these rejections put me in another direction and I searched for some tools, which are extremely helpful and every writer should employ them in daily writing.

You may have the same feedback

No one wants to get the same feedback at the end of the months of the review. Therefore, be with me to introduce you to some beautiful tools which handle your work smartly.

Tools cannot be completely trusted; they can only assist you in completing your task smartly as possible. so, treat them as a tool rather than a professional writer.

The structure of the paper has the first glance

The editor wants to follow their journal recommended format. So, no matter how amazing an idea you offer, if the article is not arranged according to the guidelines, it will be rejected. Writing in an ordinary text editor does not assist you in maintaining the consistency of your document and you manually manage it. Furthermore, these tools are not changing friendly.

Latex tutorial for beginners by Dr Afzal Badshah

Overleaf is an online editor for LateX. It is a magical tool for academic writers and automatically manages the paper formatting and references. However, its use is not so simple as the other editors. You need to know the basic commands.

Overleaf is an online tool for the academic writer which automatically manages the formatting and references.

Grammarly helps you to avoid looking like a fool

Professional writers frequently use Grammarly to polish their writings. Whereas the subscription edition offers extensive writing aid, the free version also keeps you from seeming like a fool. If you ask it to, it will verify your content for spelling and Grammarly, as well as recommend synonyms. I’ve been using Grammarly for my scientific publications for years and find it useful.

QuillBot add flow to your writing

One of the problems of non-native English authors is that they have a limited English vocabulary, therefore their work lacks the flow as the native English writers have. Grammarly is an excellent resource, however, it is confined to grammar and spelling alone. The QuilBot goes ahead and professionally rewrites your writing. Not only that, you have complete control over the rephrase. I recently discovered QuilBot and find it quite useful for my writing.

What if you are nonnative English

If you’re writing in your native language and want to translate it into English, or if you’re having trouble directly translating your ideas into English, Google Translate is the place to go. Google Translate works with languages all over the world and translates them. Furthermore, we must occasionally deal with self-plagiarism. This can help you avoid plagiarism in such a situation.

Sci-Hub give you access to research papers

We don’t always sit at the university to use the institution’s IP to access the secured digital library. Then how can you get free access to these libraries from your home? Sci-hub is a great tool that has helped researchers tackle their challenges. It provides access to large databases of academic publications. assists you in designing HD graphics

For publishing, the journal requires high-definition and clear illustrations. They may require it in a different format and colour scheme. is a powerful tool for creating research graphics of any kind. It stores the user’s data on online drives.

Academic writing requires a wide range of skills however, it is not possible to master all of them. The smart way is, to use the related tools. These not only help you in writing but also avoid you from looking like a fool. The tools discussed here are an option for smart work.

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Afzal Badshah, PhD

Dr Afzal Badshah focuses on academic skills, pedagogy (teaching skills) and life skills.