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Thread: ScholaOne Manuscripts

24-Aug-18, 23:09
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posted about 1 month ago
Quote From nike_one:
Hi guys,
Thank you very much for accepting me in the forum. I would like to ask a question about my submission, maybe someone has had a similar experience. My status has gone directly from "Awaiting Rewievers scores" to "Awaiting decision". I have seen that some people have gone through "Awaiting Recommendations".
Does this mean that my article has no recommendations and is likely to be rejected? Thank you very much everyone!

It means nothing... Just wait for the email.

Thread: e Journals with no fees

04-Aug-18, 10:44
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posted about 1 month ago
Not many that publish muniscripts!

Lots that publish manuscripts, but unlikely to be open access.
Impossible to advise without knowing discipline and quality of journal you are aiming for.

Thread: PowerPoint Presentation

03-Aug-18, 19:00
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posted about 1 month ago
Given the question was posed 8 years ago, suspect the OP has made their decision by now!

Thread: What is a double-baseline design?

01-Aug-18, 19:24
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posted about 1 month ago
I am not sure I understand the point of either of these study designs.

The example by tudor_queen sounds like something between a glorified before-after study and a rather pathetic interrupted time series.

The example by abababa sounds like an extremely poor/ basic stepped wedge design.

Both approaches seem to have extremely significant limitations!!

Thread: Enough data for a PhD?

16-Jul-18, 20:09
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From MissyL:
Hey guys,

I'm due to submit my thesis in lab-based science ASAP.
I'm sure this is a common feeling amongst PhD students, but I am concerned that I don't have enough data.
Funny enough the data I do have is interesting, and I'm confident that it adds to my field, but I'm concerned about the quantity and that I might be deemed as having not done enough.
I've been lucky and have managed to do a fairly low number of experiments (in comparison to my peers) but gained nice data. I have a few other experiments that I planned not to include in my thesis, mainly as they didn't work or are negative data that doesn't add much. Therefore, its main purpose would be proof of myself having done other work.
From the point of the examiners, what's the best thing to do, keep my three small chapters of interesting results with good controls etc, or add some of my non interesting/ possibly bad experimental design results in order to bulk things out ??
Common sense tells me to just write up the good stuff, but I could do with reassurance from people in a similar boat.

Thanks for any replies in advance!

So... you have generated hypotheses, tested them, and decided not to disseminate them!

This is why we have a problem with publication bias and research waste!!

Thread: Seeking recommendations on solicitors who specialise in academic appeals

12-Jul-18, 05:58
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posted about 2 months ago
Quote From ManOnMeaning:
Thanks for your reply, pm133.
Their main justification is that the work is not of PhD standard and contains numerous avoidable errors.

The point is, I haven't had a supervisor since Jan 2015! So, no one looked at the corrections and only the first 2 chapters were looked at by my former supervisor (he left the university in jan 2015) when the first submission happened

I am a bit confused- is the issue:
1) You feel your work was of sufficient standard (and should have passed), or,
2) You acknowledge it was not up to the required standard, but you feel you had inadequate supervision.

Thread: “you'll be well looked after there”

29-Jun-18, 05:45
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posted about 3 months ago
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I got an offer from a uni from the UK, and I am almost determined to accept the offer although I still have two more alternatives. I emailed my supervisor during my MA study to let her know my intention. She is an experienced lecturer who definitely knows a lot about the universities in the UK.

And here is an excerpt from her reply:

Congratulations on the PhD place at XXX - a great university, you'll be well looked after there. It's good that you have supervision on the area you are so interested in. You're not too far from XXX so perhaps you'll pop over for a visit some time! In fact you could come and talk to our MAs about moving from Masters to PhD, reasons for doing it, finding an area of interest, the whole process of applying etc!

What I am worried about is the sentence "you'll be well looked after there". Does it imply anything or should be understood literally? I know she LOVES to use euphemism in her speech. As I am a non-native speaker of English, I am not very sure about how I can interpret this sentence and would like to seek your advice.

Thank you very much in advance.

Why does that phrase worry you?

Thread: originality in the social sciences or humanities

28-Jun-18, 10:12
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posted about 3 months ago
You don't have to change the world- just make an original contribution to knowledge. You can be very niche.

For example, if you are interested in Charles Dickens, you could do a PhD about his moustache length.

Thread: Supervisor Dilemma and Competency Issues

06-Jun-18, 13:38
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posted about 3 months ago
If you are getting adequate support, then it hardly seems worth the effort!

The difference between a primary and secondary supervisor typically makes more difference to the supervisors (and university metrics), so if B isn't bothered, then no need to worry!

In terms of papers, the last author is usually the senior author so should be: you, A, B. If A wants to go last, just say that B is professor so usual practice to put them last.
(This may be discipline dependent!!)

Thread: PhD at Salford University

31-May-18, 18:26
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posted about 4 months ago
There are lots of ways to measure 'good'- e.g. prestige, student support, student experience.

The fact that it appears to be the only university to offer you a place after three years of trying may give you an idea as to how prestigious it is!

Thread: Dated in Thailand while I was visiting

18-May-18, 19:05
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From jacoblincoln:
I visited Thailand a few weeks ago. I stayed there for a week or two. I ended up meeting single women in Thailand. This was really fun but one chick really stood out among the rest and I went out with her 4 times. She was really nice and beautiful. I want to contact her again but I’m really not sure if I should. I’m based in another country and I’m not sure if long distance relationships are bearable. I’d love to hear from anyone here who is in a long distance relationship. What pushed you to start the relationship even though you knew it would be long distance? Is it really that hard? How often do you visit each other?

It's not going to happen- move on!

Thread: co-authoring yes or no

12-May-18, 12:32
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posted about 4 months ago
Say yes

Thread: A lesson of manners with examiners

10-May-18, 19:30
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From lucedan:
Hello everybody,

I am waiting for my reports from my examiners for a revise and resubmit. In any case, it is my intention (or better, I would like) to talk with my examiners about what they did not understand about my submission.
I have prepared a file with some questions & answers that I believe would help understand what were my objectives, and I would love to understand how to manage this situation (I have found this answer on quora which is quite positive: https://www.quora.com/What-should-I-do-about-my-my-PhD-psychology-thesis-coming-back-with-a-revise-and-resubmit-because-the-examiner-did-not-understand-my-statistics)

Can you give me your suggestion on how to behave and what not to do?


My suggestion is that this is a terrible idea.

Your Q&A document sounds a bit like Lucedan's thesis for dummies....
1) Your viva and thesis should not need additional explanation
2) If I was your examiner, I would be annoyed that you felt I wasn't bright enough to understand your thesis.

Thread: What are PhD supervisors for?

02-May-18, 11:36
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posted about 4 months ago
Quote From sara91:
I have had two PhD supervisors so far! I changed the first supervisor after 3 months since she intervened in the topic and did not want me to work on the proposal she accepted indicating that "it is too easy and anyone can do it" ! The new supervisor, the one I currently have, has been completely hands off for four months to the extent that she refused many times to give me advice even when I asked her for it many times insisting on how much I need to know her opinion! After seven months in the PhD programme I am now wondering what are supervisors for? What are they supposed to do?! Why do we need them?! Why do we have them??? Thank you all!

So... first supervisor offered advice which you didn't like so rejected them. Second supervisor seems unwilling to offer advice!

Thread: when is it an appropriate time to put a letter (e.g 1a, 1b ) after a figure number? :-s

02-May-18, 11:34
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posted about 4 months ago
Figure 1,2,3,4 etc (i.e. no chapter/ section numbers) OR
Figure 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 (with with first number representing the chapter number).

Letters make it overly complicated.
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