PhD-level writing requires multiple drafts.

Are you writing for a research project? That includes working on a dissertation, thesis, scientific research article, chapter, journal publication, conference submission, or proposal.

No matter the genre, scholarly writing is slow going. Postdocs and faculty struggle, and graduate students struggle too! It’s a lot of work to clearly write about complicated ideas, with a high level of formality, and including citations to existing scholarship. All with the high stakes of having your project reviewed—and maybe rejected—by other scholars.

Even drafting a paragraph beyond bullet points is exhausting, not to mention refining it further.

“Am I coming across clearly in this part?”

Plus, you might also be unsupported in your overall research writing work, without a good option for where to turn:

  • Should you buy a book to learn scientific writing? That just adds more to your plate.
  • Should you get a private writing coach? Great in theory, but it requires a lot of resources.
  • (If you’re a student) Ideally your advisor would offer guidance, but they might be too distant / too busy / only interested in more experiments / not helpful / going to rewrite it anyway / only want to step in when you have a complete draft of a section.

You need something that can improve your paper today. If you have any text (especially if it's very rough), this guide can help!

Good revision options from ChatGPT means you’re in control.

Improving your first draft is all about trying again, in order to make it better. With this guide, you don't have to aimlessly tweak your paragraphs hoping they improve. Instead, improve your text easily and move on from where you’re stuck. Generate revisions, then either use them as-is, or select your favorite parts to make it an even better fit for your paper.

“With the prompts in this guide, ChatGPT takes some of the more informal pieces of my writing and makes it sound more scholastic. In my example, I would probably put my original paragraph and ChatGPT’s revision side-by-side and write a third version, drawing from both. Then I’m training myself.” 
-Brian, Ph.D. in Robotics

Integrate cutting-edge AI with domain expertise in writing

ChatGPT enters the conversation

Since it launched less than a year ago, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. By combining massive datasets and enormous computing power, ChatGPT is able to produce human-like conversation, brainstorming, analysis, and more.
Free to use, the service has over 100 million users and a reputation for shockingly useful answers—but also occasional blunders.
Early research with professional consultants suggests that ChatGPT benefits both lower-performing and higher-performing people’s work.

A professional human touch

Will Penman is used to working closely with writers of all scholarly fields to achieve their goals. With a PhD in Rhetoric, 10+ years teaching scientific writing, and current work as a writing coach for STEM PhD students, Will knows how to break down complicated writing challenges into manageable steps—for humans and AI alike. 
Will was a professor at Princeton University for four years, where he taught a writing course about AI, including large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT. He gained hands-on research experience in LLMs’ benefits and subtle flaws.
“Your prompts are doing essentially, exactly what I would with a student. It would take at least half an hour of Writing Center, just to get these results with these two paragraphs.”
-Director, Engineering Composition Program

Don’t waste time perfecting your instructions to ChatGPT.

Some PhD students spend hours tweaking what they ask ChatGPT to do with their writing.
“Revise this..”
“Help me make this clearer...”
“Please make this more formal...”
“I want to publish this paper, can you edit it for me?”
Even after putting in effort to carefully “engineer” your prompts, ChatGPT may still frustrate you.
  • Over-the-top word choice
  • Inconsistent outputs
  • Sometimes worse results, especially regarding citations
Considering these style mismatches and errors, is ChatGPT more trouble than it’s worth for academic writers who are short on time?


With This Guide, You Can Get Good Results Today

Designed with scientific disciplines in mind.

When you buy “How To Prompt ChatGPT Like A Science Writing Pro,” your PDF guide includes:

  1. Complete multi-step prompt sequence for the Paragraph Improver
  2. Clear instructions
  3. A real sample of ChatGPT's responses
  4. Pointers so you can keep growing
    • Sophisticated writing strategies behind the prompts
    • How to identify high-quality output
    • How to adapt the prompts to your own unique situation
    • When/how to acknowledge ChatGPT’s involvement
  5. Plus, prompt sequences for two more research writing scenarios! 
    • Abstract Generator - bootstrap writing an extended Abstract (250 words) using your paper’s Introduction
    • Emailing Your Professor - don’t agonize about what to say when turning in a new section, even if you’re finishing later than you hoped
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“I think the prompts are starting to get at the promises of collaboration with AI” -Anonymous, Ph.D. in Biology

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How Well Can ChatGPT Do?

The prompts in this guide deliver reliable results for improving your paragraphs. Tested on scholarly fields in the sciences from Neuroscience to Bioengineering.

Spelling and grammar

Standardized by ChatGPT. Turn in a clean copy of your paper.

Sentence connections (thus, as far as, by, etc.)

ChatGPT's revisions mirror a scholarly structure of thought. Show readers the sophistication of your ideas.


Clearer with ChatGPT's advice, employing parallelism. Readers won't be bogged down.


Generally appropriate, with elevated but not exaggerated word choice. Sound like the scholar you're becoming.

Topic sentences

Often improved/developed. Readers will know up front what your paragraph's main claim is.


The following paragraph improvements were generated on the first try using the prompts in the guide.

Literature Review

A paragraph from the Literature Review dissertation chapter of a PhD student in Applied Linguistics. Notice that ChatGPT doesn’t have access to ongoing scholarship, so we ask it to revise paragraphs, not find citations.

Dissertation Proposal

From a “Risks and Contingencies” section of a Dissertation Proposal in Materials Science. We’ve tested the guide on 10 scientific disciplines and every section of a typical paper to make sure that your results are consistent and applicable. By revising one paragraph at a time, ChatGPT has the chance to do a deep dive.


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“I think the prompts are starting to get at the promises of collaboration with AI” -Anonymous, Ph.D. in Biology