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The Effortless AI Literature Review

Leverage AI to find the most impactful literature quickly, cut your reading volume by 75%, and uncover hidden reference gaps combining various tools into a tested workflow.

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.
► Filter by importance  to cut reading volume by 75%.
► Find reference gaps in any publication (even your own).
► Uncover studies that support or contrast one another.
► Learn how to take future-proof, searchable and useful notes
► Synthesize 100s of papers using an academic mind mapping technique

AI Literature Review Workflow

Antonio Magallanes Villamor
Head of the Internal Audit

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

Cairo, Egypt

Writing and doing academic research activities can all be frustrating exercises made complicated by the many note-taking applications and methodologies available over the internet. This scenario is a depiction of my condition. I have tried Obsidian and Zotero before and more new note-taking applications coupled with new approaches to conducting literature reviews, which I subscribed to. Overall, my situation did not differ from before other than I have accumulated so many notes that do not have cohesion. They are not providing insights and writing an article has so much administrative friction. In addition, I have so many learning tutorials I subscribed to but never referred to them.

Thankfully, I chance upon Ilya’s ELR 2.0 course. Feeling motivated by the insights I gained from this course, I immediately purchased his EAM course. These two courses are empowering. It gave me so many AHA moments and perspectives on how to better organize my research work from start to finish. His courses helped me repurpose my old notes in Obsidian and other note taking applications, and in better organizing my thoughts, notes, and reference materials in Obsidian and Zotero. He also helped me structure my literature review workflow in ways I have never thought before. I can now understand my work visually and can connect my relevant notes and thoughts within a single application. I am really pleased and extremely satisfied, which I would encourage any budding researchers or those who already have begun but are lost in the process to enroll in these two courses. They are worth your time and investment.

Kudos to Ilya!

Zero-to-Hero workshop

► ~5hrs of webinar recordings broken down into annotated 10-20 min chunks by topic: Here is the full table of content.
► Notes, summaries, background information and additional tutorials provide easier context to review the subject matter.
► Answers in text or video to dozens of questions academics like you asked during the webinars.
► Access to a private discord chat, for 1-on-1 discussions.
► Discount codes for paid tools and my note taking course.

All material is organized in an Obsidian vault to easily navigate and oversee the material. Read this wonderful testimonial on the presentation.

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 January and was blown away by it, especially 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.

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.

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.

Litmaps is a payed tool: 10$ a month. But it solves an absolutey critical challenge: Literate review. This can make or break your entire career. 50% discounts are available for lower income countries and check the tools section for general discounts.

Maita Goya-Arce MSc

Managing Director

Fundación Maitetxu A.C.


Ilya’s workshops are spectacular and his workflows life-changing. He does a fantastic job taking you through everything step by step so precisely. He documents everything so clearly that you can reference back and find any detail whenever you have the slightest of doubts.

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%?

We will learn a technique to display citations, age and reference on a graph to find what is relevant visually. Our visual mind works orders of magnitude faster than our logical mind. That’s what makes this technique so powerful: You see the importance!

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!

Synthesize Information

Reading papers is simply not enough to do science. After reading, you need to critically evaluate and understand what you have read.
Then you need to identify a gap, new avenue or a scientific contribution.

But keeping 100s of papers in your head is simply not possible. In this course you will learn a visual mapping technique that helps you condense information and identify novel contribution as visual steps on a graphical map.

It helped me grasp in months, what takes others years to figure out.

PhD Student

I really liked the effortless lit review. It was extremely beneficial to determine not only WHAT articles to read but in WHICH ORDER to read them. Very helpful. Thank you!

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 and note taking strategies for academics. I consistently keep updating my own strategies as I pursue my career as an (effortless) academic at Victoria University in New Zealand.