Helping you navigate research & academia.
Choosing to go down an academic path has many rewards.
It’s an opportunity to explore, to search for answers, and to make discoveries that push forward the state-of-the-art and our knowledge of the world.

However, there is a lot to learn along the way. From crafting journal publications and delivering conference presentations, to producing grant proposals and understanding the peer review system, it’s not always easy to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Although there are no shortcuts to academic success, there are ways to make your academic journey—or that of your students and research team—a little smoother.

What’s a smartcut?

Smartcuts allow you to get from A to B without cutting corners. By harnessing the right tools and training, PhD students, post-docs, and academic researchers can save time and reduce stress by establishing positive habits and building a strong foundation for their career.


Still feeling a bit lost?

Beyond the services offered by Academic Smartcuts, there are a number of ways to make the academic journey a little easier.
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About Elaine

Over the past two decades, Dr Elaine Massung has carried out a variety of roles in higher education: post-doctoral research assistant, copy editor and proofreader, and portfolio manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

She started Academic Smartcuts to help those at the beginning of their academic career put their best foot forward.

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If you have any questions about how you can use Academic Smartcuts on your journey through academia, please get in touch at