Publish with Purpose


How to start writing and publishing journal articles productively and purposefully by ditching the “publish-or-perish” pressure


I'm in! What's next?

“Publish or perish”?! That’s dark.


Have you ever felt the weight of your research on your shoulders? The relentless pressure to publish, to produce, to prove your worth?

It can be suffocating, leaving you feeling drained, overwhelmed, and stuck in a never-ending cycle of self-doubt.

I understand because I've been there too.

The constant nagging thought of "publish or perish"* consumes your mind, robbing you of joy and creativity. You want to share your knowledge, insights, and research with the world, but somehow, you find yourself trapped in a sea of unfinished papers and half-formed ideas.

It's a painful place to be.

You can't escape the feeling that you're falling behind, that your career is stagnating, and that you're not living up to our full potential.

Each day, you wake up with the best intentions, determined to make progress on that elusive manuscript, only to find yourself caught in a web of distractions, self-doubt, and procrastination.


*You won't perish if you don't publish. Let's agree to stop saying this.

Hands up if this is you 👇


Right now, you may be making a few critical mistakes that are hindering your progress and keeping you trapped in the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and unproductive.

And I get it, I've been there too.


Mistake #1: Putting too much pressure on yourself

You constantly feel the weight of the "publish or perish" mantra on your shoulders. Every time you sit down to work on your paper, you expect nothing less than perfection. This pressure becomes paralyzing, making it difficult for you to even start, let alone finish, your writing projects.

But, it’s time to ditch that overwhelming pressure.

Mistake #2: Being consumed by self-doubt

You question your abilities, your ideas, and your worth as a writer. The little voice in your head whispers that you're not good enough, that your work will be judged and criticized. As a result, you hesitate to share your work with others, keeping your brilliance hidden away.

But, it’s time to say goodbye to imposter syndrome.

Mistake #3: Allowing distractions to take control

You have the best intentions to focus on your writing, but somehow, the hours slip away as you find yourself filling your day with every non-writing task you have to do - replying to emails, making slides for teaching or conferences, or endlessly researching and reading. Your attention is scattered, and your writing suffers.

But, it’s time to take control of your priorities.

You're not alone in this.

These mistakes are so common and our academic lives are full of people doing the same things. How often do you hear “I just haven’t had time for writing”, “I just need to finish this paper”, “I need to get that paper out”, “Next week is less hectic and I will send you the draft then”?


Next week is never less hectic.

And this is nonsense.

All this nonsense that you have to publish, you have to be perfect, and you have no time is holding you back from reaching your full potential. I know this because I've felt the suffocating pressure to publish, the crippling self-doubt, and the constant pull of distractions.

However, I've also learned how to overcome these challenges and transform my writing journey.

Through years of trial and error, self-reflection, and learning from amazing mentors, I've learned strategies and techniques that have helped me break free from these mistakes, make peace with scientific writing, and confidently share my research with the world.

And now I want to share my knowledge and experience with you, to guide you through the maze of self-doubt and distraction, and to help you reclaim your joy for the pursuit of knowledge.



Publish with Purpose


A coaching program designed to teach you how to write and publish journal articles productively and purposefully by ditching the “publish-or-perish” pressure.



⚠️ This coaching program isn't about becoming a publication machine. ⚠️

No, this program is about something far more meaningful and fulfilling.

It's about showing you exactly how to reclaim your joy and purpose in doing research and sharing it. No more chasing after quantity at the expense of quality. No more feeling like a cog in the academic machine.

Gone are the days of trying to churn out papers to meet arbitrary expectations. And feeling like crap because you never meet them.


YOU are back in control, my friend.

The real you.

The brilliant and purposeful you.

The researcher who values depth, impact, and meaningful contributions.

And shares it with the world.

I believe that publishing is not just about checking off boxes or meeting arbitrary deadlines. It's about connecting with your purpose, sharing your unique perspective with the world, and making a lasting impact. 

Get ready to...

When you join Publish with Purpose, get ready for a transformative journey that will empower you to become a confident and in-control researcher. You will no longer be at the mercy of external pressures and self-doubt. Instead, you'll have the tools and strategies to focus your energy on what truly matters to you.

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect from our program:

Unleash your research potential

We'll dive deep into understanding your unique strengths, passions, and goals as a researcher. By aligning your writing process with your purpose, you'll feel a renewed sense of clarity and confidence.

Overcome self-doubt and limiting beliefs

We'll tackle the negative inner dialogue that holds you back. You'll learn proven techniques to silence your self-doubt and cultivate a resilient mindset that empowers you to take bold steps and share your work with confidence.

Master the craft of academic writing

Academic writing is almost formulaic, and once you know the formula, it’s much simpler. I'll guide you through the principles of clear, concise writing, helping you develop compelling arguments and articulate your ideas with precision.

Navigate the publishing landscape

We'll demystify the world of publishing, providing you with know-how to navigate the process successfully. You'll learn how to identify the right journals, write compelling cover letters, and submit your work with confidence. Plus, you’ll have access to oodles of templates and real-life examples.

Boost your productivity

I'll share time-tested strategies to help you manage your writing projects effectively. Say goodbye to endless procrastination and hello to a focused, structured approach that allows you to make consistent progress and meet your writing goals.

Benefit from one-on-one guidance

You won't be navigating this journey alone. Instead, you'll have the undivided attention and guidance of a dedicated mentor who has walked in your shoes and knows exactly what it takes to overcome the challenges you face. You'll receive feedback, encouragement, and accountability, fostering an environment of growth and collaboration.

YOU: "Sounds amazing, but..."

...I don't have time.

I get it. We live in a fast-paced world, juggling multiple responsibilities and commitments. The thought of adding another program to your already packed schedule might seem overwhelming.

But let me ask you this: How much time are you currently spending feeling frustrated, stuck, and unproductive in your writing journey? And how much time do you spend trying to figure things out on your own?

"Publish with Purpose" is designed to help you reclaim your time and make your writing process more efficient and effective. By investing in this program, you'll gain strategies that will save you time in the long run, and help you take control of your time, allowing you to focus on what truly matters to you.

...I don't have the money.

Money can be a sensitive topic, and I want to acknowledge that. Investing in yourself and your writing journey is an important decision, and it's essential to consider your financial situation.

However, think about the long-term value and impact that "Publish with Purpose" can have on your career. The strategies, knowledge, and support you'll gain from this program can open doors, enhance your professional development, and lead to new opportunities. Investing in ourselves is the best investment we can make.

..the timing is not right.

Timing plays a significant role in our lives, and it's crucial to honor that.

However, ask yourself: When will the timing ever be perfect? There will always be competing demands and obstacles along the way.

"Publish with Purpose" is designed to provide you with the tools and support you need to navigate those challenges and move forward in your writing journey, regardless of the external circumstances.

Remember, taking action and investing in yourself is often what creates the right timing for growth and transformation.

...I’m a bit embarrassed to ask for help.

It takes courage and humility to admit that we could benefit from support.

But the most successful professors, scientists, and researchers have sought guidance along their journey. It's not a sign of weakness, but rather a testament to your commitment to growth and excellence.

Publish with Purpose offers a wealth of knowledge, proven strategies, and the support of a menor who understands your struggles.

Together, we'll amplify your strengths, conquer your challenges, and help you reach new heights in your career.

...I can probably figure this out on my own.

It's a common thought, and I understand where it comes from. Many of us are where we are today because we have a natural inclination to tackle challenges independently, relying on our own resourcefulness and determination.

While I admire your self-reliance (yes!), here's why seeking support through "Publish with Purpose" can make all the difference:

Accelerated progress: When you work with a mentor who has already overcome the hurdles you're facing, you gain access to their expertise and insights. I've already walked the path you're on and can help you navigate it more efficiently.

By leveraging my experience, you can avoid common pitfalls, shorten your learning curve, and achieve results faster than if you were to figure it out all on your own. Save yourself the time.

Accountability and motivation: It's easy to get sidetracked or lose motivation when you're solely relying on yourself. Having a mentor and a structured program means having someone in your corner who will hold you accountable to your goals, challenge you to stretch beyond your comfort zone with encouragement.

Imagine for a second...

😍 What if you were a researcher madly in love with what you do and excited to share it with the world?

😍 What if you had the all practical know-how you needed to publish high-quality journal articles?

😍 What if you felt confident?

😍 What if you realized that YOU are the expert of your research?

😍 What if your productivity was kick-started and you felt inspired to write and finish papers?

😍 What if you worked less, but achieved more?

😍 What if you felt recognized and proud of your accomplishments?

😍 What if you could see the positive impact that you have on the world?

😍 What if you realized how smart you are?

😍 What if you realised that you have ultimate control over your role in research and your career?

😍 What if you did research on your terms?

😍 What if you published purposefully and productively?

What could you accomplish then?


By the end of "Publish with Purpose," you'll feel more confident and in control of your writing projects. The nagging thoughts about external pressure will fade into the background, as you focus your energy on what truly matters to you. You'll have the knowledge and skills to effectively write and publish journal articles, and you'll possess the strategies to do it productively.

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Module 1
Ditch the Pressure

We start things off by kicking that feeling of pressure to the curb. We turn your “I just HAVE to do this” into “I’m excited to share my research with the world!”.

It's a bit of mindset work. It’s not woo-woo. It’s necessary.

You’ll learn:

How to overcome imposter syndrome

That perfectionism is the enemy - say bye-bye 👋

That numbers don’t matter. You can stop focusing on quantity. Seriously.

Prepare to feel the “publish-or-perish” weight float off your shoulders.

Module 2

Identify Your Purpose

Delve into the core of your academic journey by reconnecting with your values and aligning your research with them.

You’ll learn:

How to reconnect with your intrinsic motivations

How to uncover the sweet spot where your interests, skills, impact, and professional growth align

How to distil your desired impact into a clear and concise action plan

Get ready to build a solid foundation for a purposeful research journey.

Module 3

Publishing 101

Gain the know-how you need to write and finish journal articles. It can be simpler than you think.

You’ll learn:

The two most important sentences in every paper

How to prepare well-structured manuscripts

What editors and reviewers expect from a journal article (and what they don’t expect)

Equip yourself with the right knowledge so you can move forward confidently.


Module 4

Maximize Productivity Your Way

Productivity is personal and ever-changing. Boost your success by establishing what works best for you.

You’ll learn:

Research is project management - treat it that way

What it REALLY means to prioritize

Valuable productivity tips and tricks that work for academics

Be prepared to work smarter, stay organized, and overcome challenges more effectively.

Module 5

Submit, Revise, Publish 🎉

This module is jam-packed with valuable things - advice, templates, and real-life examples that you need to successfully submit, revise, and PUBLISH.

You’ll learn:

How to write a compelling cover letter

How to deal gracefully with that nasty Reviewer #2

How to navigate the submission process so that your paper gets published

Know that things you need to know, backed up with examples from my own successful manuscript submissions.

What First Cohort members are saying....


Rob was feeling stuck on manuscript. Now he's feeling inspired and confident, and is back on track with his manuscript 💪

Rob Muir, Senior Lecturer, Geology 

Meet your coach and new online mentor 🤓...

I'm Dr. Jayne Wilkins. Call me Jayne. I’m a seasoned researcher with many academic publications under my belt, including first-author papers in the prestigious journals Nature and Science. I’m currently a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, Australia and was previously a Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve been awarded over $1.4 million in research grants for my work on human origins and evolution.

Throughout my career, I've experienced the ups and downs of the publishing process from all angles – as an author, reviewer, and editor. I've also had the privilege of mentoring numerous postgraduates and clients, guiding them through the rewarding (but sometimes overwhelming) journey of publishing their first journal articles.

We all know that publishing is a pivotal aspect of any academic career. But I've decided to ditch that gloomy "publish or perish" mindset. And you can too. Instead, let's focus on thriving, growing, and making meaningful contributions to our fields! I'm here to reassure you that while it can be overwhelming, you don't have to navigate this path alone. Universities often fall short in providing practical support, leaving many of us feeling stranded. That was my experience too, I really lacked any helpful, practical guidance, and it led me to embark on a mission to change that for others.

My biggest goal in life is to empower early career academics and postgraduate students, just like you, to share their awesome research with the world. I know firsthand the challenges, the self-doubt, and the hurdles you may face. But believe me when I say, it doesn't have to be this way. Together, we'll turn this daunting journey into a purposeful adventure.

I'm not just offering editing and teaching services – I'm offering support, encouragement, and empowerment. Think of me as your trusted mentor, someone who's walked in your shoes and is now by your side, guiding you with a friendly approach. Don't worry about complex academic jargon or the fear of asking dumb questions; I'll break it down for you in a way that's easy to understand. And there are absolutely no dumb questions. I already know how smart you are (look at what you've accomplished already! 🙌), no need to prove anything to me. And when imposter syndrome creeps in or rejection stings, I'll be there to remind you it’s normal with motivational pep talks and strategies to help you push through.

So, whether you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or just in need of some guidance on your research journey, I’m here to inspire and empower you. It’s time to make your mark in the academic world, one publication at a time.

More about me...

Um. Coffee. I love coffee.

My favorite emojis: 💪🤓🎉

My favorite quote: “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut

What I listen to while writing: Taylor Swift, Michael Franti, or white noise

I'm from Canada, and am now living out my tropical paradise dream in Australia 🌴. I occasionally get homesick for snow, mountains, and poutine.

The Details

Here's what you get when you enroll

🚀 Immediate Access to the 5 Module Framework

($1200+ value)
As soon as you join, you'll have immediate access to ALL five modules of this program, allowing you to dive right in and start your course-binge. So, grab your coffee, cozy up, and let's get started!

🚀 Life-time Access

You get lifetime access to all the modules. That means you can revisit the modules as many times as you like, whenever you like. So, no rush, take your time, and enjoy the learning journey at your own pace.


For a limited time, you will also get access to these FREE bonuses!

🚀 Exclusive Community Membership

($500+ value)
Get lifetime access to an exclusive network of like-minded folks who share the same passion for research and personal growth. Our But First, Publish community is a warm and supportive space where you can connect with fellow PhDs, early career academics, and friendly professors like me, who totally get the ups and downs of the research journey. We're all in this together!

Get ready to dive into lively discussions, share your experiences, participate in challenges, and exchange valuable insights with peers who've walked in your shoes or are going through similar adventures. This is all about encouragement and empowerment, and you'll be part of a tight-knit circle that's committed to lifting each other up.

🚀 Editing and Feedback

($300+ value)
As an extra special bonus, when you sign up now, you'll receive an additional perk for elevating your work. Have your draft manuscript, cover letter, or response to reviewers document professionally edited and reviewed by me 🤓

Here's how it works: Once you have a draft document ready, you can submit it to me for a thorough review and editing process. I will make suggestions to help polish your manuscript, enhancing its overall clarity, coherence, and impact. And I’ll provide detailed feedback on the content and structure of your manuscript. My aim is to help you present your research in the most compelling and persuasive manner, addressing any potential areas of improvement while highlighting the strengths of your work.

You have access to the bonus for 8 weeks from the first day of your enrollment.

This bonus will only be available for a limited time.

✨ The Magic Conference Talk Tool

($150+ value)
Conferences are an important part of your research journey. They give you the chance to share their findings with peers and experts, and the best part is, you get super helpful feedback that can totally level up your manuscript and make it even better!

But, they can also be super overwhelming and scary 😱

That’s why I created the Magic Conference Talk Tool.

It’s designed for PhD candidates and early career researchers who’d like some practical guidance preparing their conference presentations. This user-friendly resource guides you through a series of questions to create a structured outline and script for your talk. Just type in some answers, and voila!, instant script 👌. Included are expert tips to boost confidence, particularly for those who may feel shy or nervous about presenting (this used to be me…now I actually love presenting). The tool also helps generate compelling abstracts based on your research-related responses. Get this bonus now to enhance your academic journey and become a more confident presenter.

Craving a more exclusive, customised experience?

Amplify your Publish with Purpose experience with one-on-one mentorship.

🚀 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade

($800 value)
With the 1:1 Mentoring Upgrade, you'll receive two private one-on-one mentorship calls with me, your personal supporter and guide.

We’ll delve deep into your unique challenges, refine your research ideas, and polish your writing style. Overcoming imposter syndrome will become second nature as you learn targeted strategies and gain unwavering support.

But that's not all - even outside our calls, you'll have ongoing and unlimited email support to keep you on track. Feel free to reach out with any questions whenever you need it. Unlimited email support is available for 8 weeks from the first day of enrollment.

PLUS, you can take advantage of unlimited rounds editing and feedback on a draft document. This unique advantage empowers you to engage in a collaborative and iterative process, which can result in a more polished and refined final product. Unlimited editing and feedback is available for 8 weeks from the first day of enrollment and for a single document (for example, a manuscript, cover letter, or response to reviewers).

Limited spots are available for 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade, so don't miss out on this transformational opportunity.

Inclusions with the 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade:
  • Two 45 minute private mentorship calls
  • Unlimited email support
  • Unlimited rounds of editing and feedback on one document


Everything you need to ditch the pressure and publish with purpose.


Total Value



(But I would never charge that. Check out your investment below.)

 🌟Enroll Today🌟

 You have some options...Self Study option or with the 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade. It's totally up to you! 🫶 

Self Study Option

$297 USD

  • Immediate Access to 5 Module Framework
  • Life-time Access

Plus all the Bonuses:

  • Exclusive Community Membership
  • Editing and Feedback
  • The Magic Conference Talk tool
Enroll Now

With 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade

$547 USD

  • Immediate Access to 5 Module Framework
  • Life-time Access

Plus all the Bonuses:

  • Exclusive Community Membership
  • Editing and Feedback
  • The Magic Conference Talk tool

Plus 1:1 Mentorship Upgrade:

  • Two 45 min private mentorship calls
  • Unlimited email support
  • Unlimited editing and feedback

Only  1 spots remaining.

(New spots open monthly 🙌. If sold out, email me to get on the waitlist for next month)

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Start now. Why wait any longer?

The moment you enroll is the moment you liberate yourself from the relentless burden of "publish or perish." Embrace this opportunity to kickstart your journey towards productive and purposeful writing. And get your awesome reseach out there 💪💪

You have questions, I have answers.

Congratulations on making it all the way to the end!

If you're still here, it's probably because this program has struck a chord with you. I hope you feel reassured that you don't have to succumb to the "publish or perish" pressure or drown in self-doubt. There is a different path, and I'm here to guide you along it.

Now is the time to invest in yourself, to invest in your growth and potential as a researcher.

Let's embark on this transformative journey together, and start paving the way to a fulfilling and impactful academic career.

Don't wait any longer; take that leap today. Your empowered and purposeful research journey awaits!

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