The Research Whisperers: Tseen Khoo (left) & Jonathan O'Donnell (right)
The Research Whisperers: Tseen Khoo (left) & Jonathan O’Donnell (right)

You’ve come to the right blog if you’re interested in learning more about researcher lives and cultures, how to navigate grants-speak and build your research track-record, and being part of an international community of scholars and research professionals!

The Research Whisperer is dedicated to the topic of doing research in academia. We’re here to help and encourage.

  • We are not a ‘how to’ guide to doing research, but we do share strategies and practical tips and techniques that work for us.
  • We don’t just talk about funding. Being a successful researcher involves much more than that, and calls on a wide range of knowledge and skills. Who you are as a scholar is a complicated thing.
  • We want to stimulate conversations, so our posts will be opinionated, hopefully constructive, and occasionally exploratory.

We expect that a fair number of our posts will be driven by your questions and interests, so please feel free to share them through our feedback page or Direct Message us on Twitter.

Since the Research Whisperer started in 2011, Tseen and Jonathan have written regularly for the blog. For years now, we’ve also worked with guest authors from all over the world; we actively solicit content for the blog from our wonderful collegial networks. We also consider unsolicited submissions.

We publish at least fortnightly.

Want to use our material?

You are free to reproduce any posts from the Research Whisperer through the Creative Commons “Attribution-non commercial-sharealike” license. We would like to know how you are using our material, just out of interest, so feel free to drop us a line or include the link in the comments section attached to the feedback page.

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Our articles for other people

Sometimes, nice people ask us to contribute to their publications. Sometimes, they just write about us. Here is where we have written for, or appeared in, other publications.


  1. I’ve just discovered this blog thanks to your featured article: as an undergrad delving into such things for the first time, I’m excited to pick your virtual brains. Quite glad this exists!


  2. Hello, I am from the CAMRT (www.camrt.ca) and I am using an attributed link from your page “Mind the Gap” in a research toolkit section I am creating for our members (this will be in a members’ only area not for the general public). Thanks for creating this great resource!


  3. Hi Tseen, Jonathon,
    Are DOIs embedded somewhere and i just can’t see it?!
    It would be great if each of the article published on The Research Whisperer had a DOI that way when I am using links to quotes in any training materials for researchers (I work in research admin) I can link effectively. I can then also add the reference to my RIS (endnote) and be able to find it later. Metrics could then also be used by authors and increase their visibility.


    • Hi Lia
      Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to generate DOIs for each Research Whisperer article. As far as I’m aware that isn’t a feature that WordPress (the blog platform that we use) offers.


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