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Thread: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing Hoax

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16-Aug-18, 09:16
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I get emails all the time from these kind of journals. Its all rubbish.

Publishing, in my field and in every field, is exahusting. The process is exhausting. So when I receive an email from an unknown journal that is happy to publish my work for a hefty price, I am skeptical.

Its the equivalent of a nigerian prince who has a fortune and needs your help to transfer his money. Its rubbish.

Thread: Extended abstract - do you have one? Urgent!

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12-Aug-18, 02:42
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Tudor,

Sometimes the workshop I work with asks for longer abstracts in order to make sure that presenters are not going to half-ass their presentations at the last minute. Just make a summary of your presentation as if it was a written article.

Thread: How to go into new PhD with a positive mindset?

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03-Aug-18, 20:46
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True - though I'm not sure how I'm showing 'delusions of grandeur' in my post! I know I'll get a thesis out after 4 years, I'm just more worried about the process itself - having enough confidence to pull through the difficult times and keep at it. If I publish it will be a bonus, but as I've had some previous PhD experience, I already know not to expect wonders.


Sorry I may have read too much in what you said, I guess the point is to always remember, when youll get lonely or stressed, that your thesis doesent have to be perfect.

Thread: How to go into new PhD with a positive mindset?

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03-Aug-18, 17:07
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My motto was that my thesis had to be good enough to pass. New PhD students tend to think they need to be brilliant, but the reality is that your first major piece of reasearch is not going to be your best. Its ok to be mediocre. A PhD thesis is a particular piece of writing, mostly composed of lenghty, boring, defensive writing. You dont need to be bold. Just make sure you cover all the obvious shortcomings in your research.

Your post already shows signs of this ‘delusion of grandeur’ so to speak. Nobody really cares about your research. People who are not in academia dont give a shit about research. People in academia rarely read PhD theses cause they are too long and boring.

So really you are not in a ‘stage’ and therefore you should not be frightened. Most likely, the only 3 people who will ever read your work are your super and your examiners, only because they are paid to do so. Nobody has really the time or the patience to read a PhD thesis unless they kind of have to.

Thread: British Academy / Leverhulme postdocs - sending more than one internal application?

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03-Aug-18, 16:57
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Hi
Im not exactly and expert, but if I understand your question correctly, you want to submit a proposal to more than university? Sounds like a good idea to me. Dont put all your eggs in one basket, etc.

If more than one university nominates you, then you may have to choose the one that fits better your research goals.

Thread: Dealing with rejection of journal article during PhD

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25-Jul-18, 10:31
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Send it another journal, worst case scenario you will get proper feedback!

Thread: Long term academia

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18-Jul-18, 11:35
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CannonKing

Realistically speaking, in the humanities, after the PhD you either go for a lectureship or for a postdoc if you want to stay in academia. The entry salary for a junior lecturer here is about £30/35K more or less. A postdoc is pretty much the same money, but instead of working for it, you need to win a fellowship (British Academy or AHRC) and take your money and project somewhere. Basically create your own project, pitch it to a funding body, get the money upfront, and then see it through.

Either way its pretty competitive but, in my opinion, the payout is pretty good. I used to make half of that when I was working as a customer service specialist. And that is the entry salary. Once you become a lecturer or reader, it will be much more.

But the point is, whatever the salary, you get to be paid to do research and teach. How much do you care about doing research? for me, its pretty vital. I feel my everyday life would be empty without it. I need the mental stimulation that comes with research. I feel that teaching doesn't require that much effort after the first 6 months or so, you just slip into a routine. research however is always challenging, and I need that in my life.

To me the perks of the job are: carrying out research that is meaningful to me, going to conferences and speak to like-minded academics, publishing papers and getting feedback, being considered an expert in my field, helping people who ask me, and of course, being paid for what I am good at.

Thread: Long term academia

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18-Jul-18, 04:32
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CannonKing, I also have a humanities PhD from a Russel Group University in UK. My personal opinion is that yes, it is absolutely worth it.

What concerns me a little in your OP is that you are badly supervised, seem to think this is normal, you are bleeding money left and right on books, you dont have a grant, you are struggling with mental health issues and caring for others.

To be honest, it seems to me you are trying to do too much. First of all, get a better way to find books. PM me if you want more details. Second, speak to somebody about supervision. Third, find out about counselling.

In my experience, it comes a time during the PhD that you will be struggling. For me this was at the end of year 1. I changed my research topic and was able to carry on. I had my share of issues but not as bad as yours. I think that you need to be careful because you have so much pressure piled on!

Having said all that, I am now realing the fruits of my efforts and it’s pretty awesome. I get to research stuff I am really interested in and there’s nobody really telling me what to do. I get to travel to conferences and live abroad and its all funded and stress free.

Thread: Revise, resubmit, reviva

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03-Jul-18, 10:35
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Hi, I am not sure what you are asking here! Yes of course the same examiners will look at your thesis again. Have you received a report yet? What was their problem with your work?

It is possible to pass the second viva, if you fix the thesis. They would have failed you outright if they didnt think you could make it. Consider yourself lucky, they gave you another chance.

Thread: What a phD thesis is

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03-Jul-18, 07:55
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Hi, nobody seems to have replied so far so I guess I could try,

I guess what you are trying to say is that you are going to do review of the literature in your field. that is a part of a PhD thesis. then, after you have done that, you still have to look for unexplored areas and questions, find a relevant question to ask, find a method to answer that question, and then carry out a study to see if what you think its the answer is good enough. so, basically, your idea is the first part of a much longer process. does it make sense? this is why you need 4 years to do a PhD.

Thread: Please article requist

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25-Jun-18, 21:39
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Check pm

Thread: Lost motivation for PhD in my 3rd year

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07-Jun-18, 15:58
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Well, in short, you need to find the motivation to start writing!

Let me put it in a way that a finance student would appreciate. My salary as a customer service specialist was £17K. The entry salary for a lecturing position in UK is about £31K. Nearly twice as much. consider also that I hated my previous job, it was boring after 6 months. Now I get to teach and research stuff that I am genuinely interested in.

So, the PhD is essentially a piece of paper that allows you to enter the world of academia. getting it is hard, boring work. But of course if it was easy everybody would have one.

I guess my point is, it's ok if you dont love your PhD. the point is to just get it done, so that you can start doing the stuff you like and get paid a decent salary for it.

however if you have better opportunities elsewhere, maybe you should consider them? can you get a good job in your field without a PhD? but really, you are in your third year, just write the damn thesis and be done with it!

Thread: The worst day of my life (VIVA horror experience)

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01-Jun-18, 07:15
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posted about 2 months ago
Sorry to hear. But you didnt get a R&R, cause that would entail another viva I think. You got major corrections, and you have up to 9 months to do them (means if you can do them faster, you can hand it in well before the deadline!).

Also, sorry to point this out, but 'worse day of your life'? I guess you never lost anybody and your family has been blessed with perfect health. lucky you.

Thread: Motivational thread

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30-May-18, 16:16
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One of the books that helped me to get out my second year slump was called ‘write your thesis 5 minutes every day’ or something. The idea is to set yourself a target, say, 300 words a day at least. The thing with writing is, its difficult to get started, but once you have something on paper its much easier to revise it and make it better. So the 300 words end up becoming a 1000 once you get throught it.

For me the key to writing is to find out what theoretical points I have to tackle - then the actual writing part is ok once I figure out what needs to be addressed. I like to tackle one point every day, after thinking about it during the day. So its like washing the dishes in a way, The process of methodically tidying up things one by one until theres nothing left.

The problem for me is alway finding out the ‘headings’ for every point. It takes a bit of reading around the topic to finally decide an approach.

Thread: Help with paper

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26-May-18, 06:30
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posted about 3 months ago
I send him/her the paper, no reply so far...
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