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AI Literature Review and Writing Webinar (3.0)

Leverage semantic and citation search with AI to find the most impactful literature quickly. Uncover reference gaps combining multiple tools. Use ChatGPT assistants to get rid of hallucinations and use AI to aid faithfully and ethically in your lit review and writing process.


Discounts for students available upon request.

What you’ll get out of this course

► Step-by-step system from idea to publication.
► Use literature maps to find, prioritize and keep track of papers.
► Use AI to filter out unimportant literature and build a comprehensive reading list
► Find reference gaps in any publication (even your own).
► Utilize AI for skimming secondary papers and finding evidence
► Use scientific notes to organize your literature review
► Use AI assistants to improve and learn scientific writing principles

Suzette Flantua, PhD

Project leader of PPF-Alpine

University of Bergen


Ilya´s workshops are an absolute MUST-DO! If you are a researcher having to plow through endless publications and you need a system to keep track of all your notes and thoughts…then Ilya´s work and tips are a complete game-changer!! We have adapted it as a team and are absolutely in love with it. Super highly recommended, it´s worth every cent and second.

Semantic Search with AI

Semantic search allows you to obtain a comprehensive reading list on any literature review topic in under 1 minute (watch the video on the right for an example).

AI search is a paradigm shift for literature reviews. Starting from plain text non-jargon questions you can find papers that contain the solution. As science moves towards cross domain collaboration finding answers in new domains becomes a key area of literature review. Semantic search is the main technology behind this trend.

This workflow has become possible in early 2024 when scientific databases like Consensus, SciSpace or with 100s of Millions of papers were combined with ChatGPT’s conversational capabilities into powerful AI assistants.

Mushtaq Bilal, PhD

AI influencer, Post Doctoral Researcher

Syddansk Universitet


This is one of the most efficient methods of conducting a literature review.

I took Ilya’s seminar in Jan. and was blown away by it, esp. the Obsidian integration.

Find gaps in the literature

Normally you would read extensively and try to identify something someone else (or you) missed.

But with Litmaps App you can use the references of a paper and their similarity algorithm to identify what papers the authors could have cited but didn’t: Gaps!

This process takes less than a minute and can be applied to your unpublished papers as well. Don’t miss important references with this technique.

Antonio Villamor
Head of Internal Audit

International Center of Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Cairo, Egypt

I already finished watching all the video materials in the Effortless Literature Review. Thank you very much. After watching them, I feel more empowered to do academic literature reviews. They were all insightful. Your presentation and how you conducted the literature review were well-organized and systematic. I will benefit greatly from your shared knowledge, especially in approaching my future academic research work efficiently and effectively.

Discover new literature without Google

If you have followed me on Twitter, you have seen my reviews on many discovery tools. But one of them keeps coming back: Litmaps.

It stands out in its simplicity, sophistication and innovation. That is why 2 hours is enough to make you into a Litmaps expert. Set it up once and click a button to automate your discovery process.

Why use this tool:
► Discovers literature using a one-of-a-kind graphical display (see image)
► Upload your existing bibliography and fill out the gaps.
► Set up reminders for new publications based on your interests.
► Visualize your research and make it more intuitive.

PhD Student

This course has completely transformed how I approach my research process flow for my Ph.D. One of the reasons I took a break from classes last year was that the manual process was just so overwhelming, and it was difficult to juggle full-time work, school, and life. This course lays out an efficient process, including all the tools, step-by-step, in an easy-to-follow format. I purchased both courses, the manual and the literature review, and am so happy I did. Every time I see a new Twitter post with new tools or new features to the process, I get very excited to start experimenting again. I am beyond grateful that this exists with all the examples and templates and videos, and Discord! So many helpful resources!

AI augmented academic writing

AI can teach you scientific writing, find missing citations, structure your manuscript, and (to some degree) identify logical gaps in your papers. This can massively improve the quality of your writing and smoothen the path to publication.

► Using CustomGPTs to find citations that support your argument
► Leverage AI assistants to identify papers that contrast your findings in the discussion section
► Combine ChatGPT with custom instructions to create an academic writing coach
► Submit your papers with more confidence

In this seminar the writing, reading and searching process merge into one.

Jayron Habibe
PhD Researcher & Podcast Host

Amsterdam University Medical Center and The Struggling Scientist Podcast

The Netherlands

A detailed, honest and fair review of both Obsidian and its strengths and weaknesses (such as tables) as well as his personal note-taking system which was great. The highlights for me were the integration with Zotero as well as with Paperpile.

Also enjoyed the breaks in between to answer questions so that people who are less familiar with dedicated notetaking systems like Obsidian can ask questions and better understand how it may be used in their specific circumstances.

Skimming & Scanning with AI

AI can read a paper in about 6 seconds, but it can’t understand them. You can understand it but don’t have time to read it. Augmenting your reading process with AI allows you to reach an entirely new level of depth in your literature reviews by accessing peripheral papers you normally don’t have time for.

► Utilize AI to find key passages in papers you won’t read in full
► Let AI rate the importance of a paper for your literature review topic before reading them
► Replace “abstract-only reading” with a targeted AI conversation including the entire paper

AI is not replacing reading and understanding but it can broaden your scope by replacing “abstract-only reading” with an AI analysis.

Cecilia Cuellar, PhD
Junior Research Economist

Hibbs Institute for Business and Economic Research

Texas, USA

It was awesome to realize how much time I could save using all these AI tools for academic writing. The webinar by Ilya was just what I needed!

Importance Filtering

Collecting 100s of papers for your review is no problem – but will you read all of them?More is not always better. More relevant is better.The Pareto principle tells us that 80% of value is hidden in 20% of the content. But how do you find that 20%?
The old (but still valid) way is to go by citations and age. The new way is to export abstracts of 100s of papers and use AI to find the exact papers and reading order to get the most comprehension in the least amount of time.

Marcelo Eduardo Alves, PhD
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Polytechnic School University of São Paulo


I congratulate Ilya for the awesome webinar.

Indeed, the presented tools will bring my research activities to a greater level in a very wise way.

Undoubtedly, it is worth every cent.

Meet your Instructor

Not your average scientist. I spent 12 years in industry, co-founded a brain training startup NeuroNation, ran a web design firm and only at 36 decided to do a PhD in biology. At this point I didn’t know much about biology – yet 6 months later I had a paper in peer review and a glowing recommendation from my supervisor:

My secret to learning very fast is not talent. It’s “Knowledge Management”, something I did routinely as a CEO.

You and I play chess with the same pieces, right? But who wins? The person with a better strategy – continuously & predictably. Research is not different. But has anyone ever taught you a strategy on how to “do science”? If you’re lucky your supervisor can show you a thing or two. More likely, they won’t even have the time.

I decided to change that and in December 2022 launched a Twitter account that is now one of the biggest accounts when it comes literature review, note taking strategies and AI for academics. I consistently keep updating my own strategies as I pursue my career as an (effortless) academic at Victoria University in New Zealand. A version of this webinar will be offered at Victoria in person in April 2024.