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Thank you for your replies rewt & Nead. As you pointed out Nead, it does indeed seem to be a grey area of sorts as I've encountered a few examples of journal papers in my field that are almost identical in content to previously published conference papers, i.e., no additional results/analysis and just textual modifications. Hence my question above. My supervisor is convinced that the paper is good enough for a journal so I think I’m going to go ahead and submit it along with a link to the conference paper highlighting the differences and see what they come back with. If further analysis/results are required then I can always add them at the revisions stage. Cheers for your replies guys.
I would be grateful for some advice on the following.
I published a conference paper during my PhD studies and now wish to submit a revised version of this paper to a journal, is this acceptable? Note that the revised version has an improved discussion of the results presented in the conference paper, but the remainder of the paper including the results/findings hasn’t changed. I’m aware of the fact that it isn’t possible to publish the identical paper in multiple journals as it is considered unethical, but does the same apply if you’ve improved the paper (albeit only slightly) and are going form a conference to a journal?
Are you being asked to terminate your studies because you took an unauthorised leave of absence due to your illness? You are in your second year so presumably still within your registration period which is typically 3-3.5 years here in the UK. If so, technically you still have 1-2 years before you need to submit your thesis, i.e., you haven’t failed to meet the thesis submission deadline. Can you please provide further clarification?
manas - If I'm not mistaken you posted the exact same question under a different username (positivemindset) about three weeks ago in response to which many fellow posters, including myself, posted a reply. Please at least acknowledge those replies before re-posting the same question in the event you haven't obtained sufficient advice to your problem/situation.
The original poster said they had personal circumstances that prevented them from submitting their corrections on time. Granted the work may no longer be novel (which is yet to be determined) but presumably this candidate invested 3/4 years of their life into this endeavour; surely the university can show some compassion and just award the degree given that the requirements (submission of corrections) have now been met? I mean, it’s not like the work wasn’t novel at the time of examination, it was otherwise he/she wouldn’t have passed with minor corrections. Is the university willing to fail this candidate outright and potentially bin 3/4 years of hard work because he/she didn’t meet a superficial deadline? That too on top of the personal difficulties this person may have been facing in the interim. I mean, when you really think about it, it just sounds ridiculous. We all know how demanding undertaking a PhD is, and how flawed the UK PhD system is, I’ve experienced many of it’s difficulties, as have many fellow posters on this forum. It would be refreshing to see institutions start employing some common sense and make the process a lot easier for candidates. I’m not saying to compromise on the quality of the actual research carried out, no, just get rid of some of these archaic, bureaucratic procedures that have plagued the system for many a decade.
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