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Thread: Thesis correction - need to shorten very long tables.

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21-Jun-17, 22:04
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Just a thought. Can you include the shortened table (without variables) in the data chapters still, even while you include the full table in an appendix as suggested by other posters. This might help the reader, who will still have a visual display of major data in the main text (albeit a much briefer one without the dummies) and while you still discuss the variables within your chapter, you can state that readers can refer to appendix to see the complete table including the variables.

Well done on passing your viva and for being almost there. Congratulations!

Thread: How to deal with supervisor's advice contradicting rest of study?

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20-Jun-17, 22:00
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Hi there again E, you are right, your theory and methods sound great and I, for one, could not offer too much in the way of a pathway forward given the specific theory you are using, of which my knowledge is limited.

However, perhaps it is just that your contribution to knowledge, where you are addressing the 'so what' factor, needs to be given more emphasis in the methods chapter, so that readers focus on these strengths (i.e. what you are doing and saying rather than what you are not addressing).

With the generalising from the case study to other situations, perhaps you could give 'a nod' to this, with a qualifier, suggesting that findings from case studies, in the main, may apply to other situations and experiences that share similar characteristics and in your specific case, this could apply given similar circumstances. However, theoretical considerations place greater emphasis on the uniqueness of X...and thus your contribution to knowledge is X...

This may be completely useless advice in your situation, so just ignore it if so, I won't be offended (lol). Cheers and good luck navigating your way through the murky waters of theory :)

Thread: My supervisor puts me on the sideline

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18-Jun-17, 13:31
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Hi there again, you do need support, so I hope I didn't give you the impression otherwise. I just know from my own experience that other than regular meetings (every 9-10 weeks or so as I was part time) with some conversation around what I was doing, at the early stages, I pretty much did it all by myself. I think this is true for many, if not all.

My supervisors became far more active much further into the thesis, where they read finished chapter drafts and critiqued these and pointed out inconsistencies, making suggestions for clarification.

You might still try seeking out support from other doctoral students and networking at conferences to help with the feelings of isolation. Does your university stipulate meeting schedules or is it just up to your supervisor to set these? Do you feel confident enough to explain to him that you would find it helpful to have a regular meeting time (even if it is just for a brief catch up), especially at this early stage. How do you think this might work?

Thread: My supervisor puts me on the sideline

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18-Jun-17, 12:00
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Mariba, I'm wondering whether what you are expecting from your supervisor is the sort of support you might have received as an undergrad or honours student. Once you get to PhD level, much of the work you do is on your own and it is completely different to undergrad and course work Masters courses.

PhD candidates are expected to find their own research literature. Often supervisors take a long time to read reports-not all supervisors and not every time but it isn't unusual to wait a bit before they provide feedback on things you write. All the while this is happening, (as in them having writing to look at or in between meetings) they are just expecting you to get on with things independently.

When you say declined regular meetings, do you mean you have no idea when you will meet him next? Has he given any indication as to when you would next meet with him? My own university's regulations mandates a meeting once a month for full time students and every 2 months for part-timers. These meetings are not always long-it depends on what we are discussing.

I think companionship and support during a PhD often comes from fellow students. Are there any groups, post-grad societies or research groups you can join? Or perhaps you can enrol in some short workshops or courses related to your field or check out local conferences?

Best wishes. The beginning of a PhD can be very confusing while you try to sort out your topic properly and get a feel for the literature in your field. Much of it though happens independently, with your supervisor just being a bit of guide during this process (at least this is how I found it).

Thread: How to deal with supervisor's advice contradicting rest of study?

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18-Jun-17, 05:00
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Hi Effinineffable,

Are you able to specify what methodology you are using (grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative, ethnographic or case study, or...) and how she wants you to structure the methods chapter? This might help readers with providing strategies.

I've ended up doing an explanatory mixed methods collective case study, with an interpretive-constructivist epistemology underpinning it and, to be honest, I've felt uncomfortable following my supervisors' (both supervisors) advice at times.

They have advised a very traditional 'classic thesis structure' and I've had to rework my methods chapter quite a bit to suit their suggestions, while still trying to make sure I acknowledged where my method fit with my epistemology. It has been a compromise. I did spend some time early on in the methods chapter exploring how my epistemology fit with the structure and where it didn't and justifying how this did not impact on the study. I used the word 'pragmatic' and 'pragmatism' quite a bit as well and threw in a bit of that to justify any straying from the theory.

My supervisors also made regular comments about 'sticking too closely to theory' (or similar ones at least).

Thread: PhD Advice

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16-Jun-17, 22:19
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Hi Marshall, what an experience! I agree with Effingeffable. I think the editor has overstepped the editing role and that you need to trust your supervisors. I have two points or questions that come to mind:

Is your editor an academic with experience in your area and methodology (or are they someone who works as an academic editor)? What are their credentials? If they do have a PhD themselves, is it in your area? It will be experienced academics with some understanding of your work and methods who mark your thesis, not a professional copy editor-even if they do specialise in academic thesis work.

The whole world of academia with regard to argument especially within social sciences, humanities and related theory is one big world of grey. If you can justify your methods appropriately to support your thesis statement then that is what is needed to pass.

I'd personally keep on working while waiting for your principle supervisor's response, even if it is on other parts or technical aspects of the thesis and start looking for another copy editor or reader.

Thread: Negative report received after successful viva!

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16-Jun-17, 22:04
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Congratulations Dr Drew, well done on achieving your PhD and completing an excellent viva!

Thread: Posters and papers - conferences and journals

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15-Jun-17, 21:31
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Thanks for that TQ! The papers definitely were not published as conference proceedings in the second conference which was directed at practitioners as much as it was academics, so article here we come (in a couple of months that is). That information is good to know.

Thread: Posters and papers - conferences and journals

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15-Jun-17, 11:13
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Ive had two different experiences with this particular issue. When writing my Masters thesis some years ago, I presented at a National Conference. My Masters supervisor was present at my presentation and her recommendation was that I shaped up my presentation into a journal article for an international journal. I did this on her recommendation, and certainly the article was different to my presentation-the presentation was prepared visually and to be spoken, whereas the journal article was much denser and followed the appropriate social science presentation format. Anyway it was published and that was great. The abstract was similar but again much more focused and a bit sharper than the original. It also followed the journal's guidelines so brought in a few more alterations.

However, last year I presented findings from one of my data sets at a conference (international) and asked my current supervisor whether I could submit a version of this to a journal. She indicated this wasn't appropriate and the article needed to be quite different-and I don't think she meant just reformatted. So I've been a bit torn regarding how I am going to publish the findings from this data set.

One thing I've noticed though is that one- even experienced academics are not always right on this one, and two- they change their minds. I'm currently altering something in my thesis that I did (actually changed)on the advice of one supervisor some time ago, that they now tell me needs to be redone in the way I originally did it. Go figure!

Thread: Staving off Sickness - the final 80 days

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14-Jun-17, 09:20
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It might be a placebo but I find taking Vitamin C and Echinachia supplements really help as well as making sure you get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and stay hydrated. (As great as coffee is to drink-it tends to have a dehydrating affect). I'm on my final four weeks and got a horrible bug two weeks ago which laid me low physically and mentally for a full week. Once I could eat, I went onto herbal tea, cut coffee, and took the supplements. Back on track now. Best wishes with it all. Editing can be hell at times. :)

Thread: Revise and Resubmit

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13-Jun-17, 11:09
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Doodle Berry, really sorry to learn of your result. Did your supervisor not say anything to you after the result was given? Some form of debrief or discussion? Surely after being given an R & R (with viva) you would be entitled to ask some questions and talk it over?

Are you up to being persistent with making contact with your supervisor? By this I mean, it is a tough blow (by no means meaning you won't be able to overcome this and pass this after some work) and sometimes instinct in these cases is to curl up in a ball rather than ask legitimate questions of the person who took you up to this point and signed you off on submission.

Thread: PhD Finally Finished!

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13-Jun-17, 10:26
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Congratulations and well done Neferterli! What a great story of persistence and hard work. Very sorry to learn of the sad loss of your father in recent years. I'm sure he would have been so proud of you for sticking it out. Best wishes for your celebrations and future plans.

Thread: Supporting my partner doing a PhD, last 18 months to go (Issues for women)

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10-Jun-17, 21:43
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HI there, Craigwhizz, I think similarly to TfT and HiT in that the support you, or any partner needs to provide is emotional, with perhaps a bit of reading here and there to assist with meaning or minor edits.

The PhD is your partner's not yours and as Time for Tea said so well " distance yourself" from the PhD not your partner. I don't think this is something that is your responsibility to sort out, and I worry that when you have expectations about her meeting deadlines, that you are somehow taking on responsibility for both her and her thesis. (Out of love and caring I know).

All the other matters mentioned in your final paragraph are really between you and your partner, and the PhD seems to be standing in as a symbol for some other things you have concerns about. And these might be something you would wish to discuss with your partner or family or similar. It is a bit like the PhD is the 'elephant in the room' but in saying this, it isn't really about the PhD, there are some underlying issues that surface in this issue with the PhD.

What if you just accepted that your partner's PhD might go over time again and did not accept any responsibility for it whatsoever and left it to her. Would it be possible to do this and refocus on the aspects of the partnership that you both enjoy and appreciate? If lack of money and work are issues for you (as in at some point you would hope that your partner earns an income), this might be a conversation you could have (in terms of timelines and similar), and then leave the rest to her. I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "her scholarship means she cannot work another job ever", so pardon me if I have misinterpreted this. Best wishes, P

Thread: Rewriting your PhD dissertation into a journal article - matters of self-plagiarism

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10-Jun-17, 21:21
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Aspire, this is a topic where it can be easy to be lost in the 'grey'. So I have included a short excerpt from another source that outlines fairly succinctly what you can and can't do when converting an article.

"Additionally, a thesis and a journal article are completely different in terms of overall approach and format. To convert a thesis/dissertation into a journal article, it has to be rewritten and refined. More often, a journal article is crafted based on an excerpt or a chapter of a thesis, and sometimes, multiple articles can be published based on different thesis chapters. The journal article undergoes further revisions during peer review, which makes it substantially different from the thesis, thus solving the problem of duplication. Charges of self-plagiarism can be avoided by citing the thesis/dissertation in the journal paper, and using block quotes wherever content has been copied verbatim.
\Most importantly, you should inform the editor at the time of submission that your article is based on your thesis, mention when and where it has been published, and state your willingness to provide a copy if required."(Editage Insights).

Thread: No reply from PhD supervisor after interview?

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10-Jun-17, 07:51
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Congratulations on the offer Huubte. Are you considering taking this?

Thinking back to your first post -see quoted insert below:
"telling that i am good enough to take the position. I got the reject email but no worry, he would talk to the admission team, he also asked me if i can pay the tuition of the first year."

It may be that you may be able to reapply for scholarships or other grants, after the first year if you do well. Do you think the supervisor might have been referring to this perhaps when he used these words?

I say this, as I have known other students to self fund for a period of time, then apply for other grants to assist, once they have shown merit and progression during their PhD.

Best of luck and best wishes to you.
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