Keeping up with paperwork is one of the least enjoyable admin tasks. This is especially prevalent in the research industry, where keeping accurate records and documenting progress is imperative.

Transcribing audio files to text might just be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs that researchers are tasked with. Thankfully, advances in technology have helped with sharing information, whether through podcasts, online transcribing or converting content for digital platforms.

Looking at some of the emerging and existing trends, here’s some advances we’ve seen in the industry in recent years:

Converting Handwritten Notes

Not that long ago, notetaking was de rigueur for interviews, painstakingly requiring researchers to type up notes in great detail afterwards.

In no small part thanks to smartphones and devices, today handwritten notes can be instantly transcribed using online transcription software or even Apps.

The newest launch from Apple does just this.

Using Apple Pencil with the latest iPad Pro and the ‘Good Notes’ App, handwritten notes can instantly be transformed into digital text. These can be saved or emailed to others in just a few clicks. This is one of the many game-changing digital advances in notetaking.

More Investment in Transcribing Services

Those in healthcare research will be aware of the need for digital documentation and integration of data, which has led to increased spending on IT. A report by Technavio suggests that using voice recognition software “reduces the time needed to transcribe medical reports.”

While larger companies may have the budget to integrate large systems or employ more staff, smaller businesses and freelancers may not.

Because of this, an emerging trend is the rise in online transcribing websites that translate audio at an affordable rate. Happy Scribe is one such website, converting audio files using state-of-the-art technology.


While there’s nothing new about the concept of blogging, a growing trend is for researchers to convert their findings in to transcripts or blog pieces. After all, in this golden age of digital marketing, it’s not just enough for researchers to produce results. For widespread reach, it’s about having an online presence and getting your name and research out there.

Some marketers/researchers such as Seth Godin for instance host podcasts that they then transcribe from audio into blog posts, to maximise reach. While everyone from the Guardian to Wired host their own science blog.

If you’re a researcher, why not check out Happy Scribe to see how it can help improve your productivity and time. For a limited period, you can take advantage of a free trial!