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Thread: tips and guidance to find a good research topic

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24-Jan-14, 04:27
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posted about 6 years ago
Can jet lag or irregular sleep cause cancer? :)

Thread: My first PhD interview is coming - Any advice?

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15-Jan-14, 15:01
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posted about 6 years ago
Don't feel nervous that you must perform very well in order to achieve your goal...
Perhaps you should also check whether this supervisor had any experience guiding PhD students...
Or get to know some of his PhD students...

Thread: Supervisor hijacked my work, options to finish?

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23-Dec-13, 14:46
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posted about 7 years ago
Quote From nomad:
For now I will leave his supervision and go back to my 6-figure income, haha.


Wow! Really feel proud for nomad!
Firstly, it is not quite right that all the work done by a Phd candidate belong to the university or supervisor.
Worst still, if the supervisor is unethical...

Anyway, by publishing these two papers you may later get copyright or even patent.
Otherwise, everything simply belong to the university. Good decision.

Thread: Supervisor hijacked my work, options to finish?

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22-Dec-13, 00:29
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posted about 7 years ago
Perhaps you can discuss with the other student about the situation... What if similar situation may happen to this student later?

However, to be fair to the supervisor, have you done something else that did not please you sup as well? Then negotiate or discuss with him? But you may let him know that you do not really need the degree... He may worry about the situation more than you.

You have already published two good papers. So you need not rush for publication now, but further develop it such that it is essentially your work.

Thread: Is a UK PhD worth doing if it doesn't come with a guaranteed Teaching Assistantship?

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17-Dec-13, 02:09
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In one educational research, students were asked whether they preferred the content knowledge should be related to certain "interesting hobbies" of students. For example, if students like "X-men", then the teachers should relate the concepts to X-men...
However, I feel that the learning of a concept should not be often related to pop culture...
For example, a chemical concept could be related to art, physics, biology, ethics, food, environment, history... not just X-men or angry bird...

On the other hand, some educational research studies suggest the importance of using computer in teaching. However, I was told that one lecturer only uses a marker, but his lessons often end in applause. Essentially, teaching philosophy may be as important as "substantial experience in teaching".

Thread: PhD related issue

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16-Dec-13, 14:13
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posted about 7 years ago
Alternatively, it could be possible for Zia to write a paper about the historical or educational aspects without using the "experimental data".

However, one high school student was telling me many educational research/papers can be quite questionable or crappy. Maybe this student is not completely wrong... :-)

Thread: Is a UK PhD worth doing if it doesn't come with a guaranteed Teaching Assistantship?

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16-Dec-13, 01:14
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According to Audrey Williams June, "Economics Ph.D.'s on the academic job market had fewer jobs to apply for in 2013 than a year earlier, according to new data from the American Economic Association. The number of new academic job openings listed with the association fell 6.6 percent, to 1,924, in 2013. However, the number of nonacademic jobs rose slightly, from 856 to 866".

What will happen if the academic job opening continues to drop, but PhD students are allowed to rise? :-)
The university will become richer? The students will be poorer? :-)
PhD students have to look for other jobs other than teaching assistantship...
Perhaps the government should help...

Thread: PhD related issue

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15-Dec-13, 13:16
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If you can publish some papers based on your thesis, then it is likely better than many other theses which are really questionable...

However, you still need his letters of recommendation for post-doc or academic jobs... Meanwhile, you may want to draft or polish your papers first.

It still smells fishy.

Thread: Masters' degree classification?

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11-Dec-13, 14:54
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posted about 7 years ago
Some students got first class honours because they chose some modules strategically.
Their PhD theses can be quite disappointing...

Similarly, some students got distinctions for Master because their supervisors were more helpful or lenient.
It could be more reliable to judge the originality of the students' papers published.

However, even the papers published could be improved significantly with the help of the reviewers.
So, we should not simply judge a person based on all these classifications.

Thread: Publication Issue

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11-Dec-13, 03:01
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It is possible that "minor revision" may initially lead to "major revision", and "major revision" may finally result in "rejection".

There was an editor who praised my paper during a conference initially. However, it was reviewed by four reviewers... Then the editor "pointed a finger" to the reviewers. Anyway, the four reviewers' comments include "accept", "reject", "neutral"... Sometimes, it is a matter of luck...

Thread: Publication Issue

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10-Dec-13, 01:03
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posted about 7 years ago
Just a guess... Perhaps you had increased citations of someone during the previous revision.
This person is your new reviewer.

Thread: Major Revisions - 6 weeks and not heard back

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06-Dec-13, 03:17
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While he was discussing with me on the revisions of my paper, he told me that the reviewers in this journal are usually given two months deadline... In addition, there could be further delay because of admin matters and holiday seasons. So, it could be as long as two to three months, for example.


In this journal, it is possible for some professors to get major revision, major revision, major revision, then *rejected*. :)
However, the "fast track reviewers" in this journal may be given only two months if the editor wants to accelerate the publication of certain paper because of its importance. Therefore, a very good journal may have more than one guideline...

Thread: Major Revisions - 6 weeks and not heard back

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05-Dec-13, 15:46
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It happened that one of the reviewers was my examiner.

While he was discussing with me on the revisions of my paper, he told me that the reviewers in this journal are usually given two months deadline... In addition, there could be further delay because of admin matters and holiday seasons. So, it could be as long as two to three months, for example.

Of course, I'm not sure about your journal's guideline...

Thread: Been told I will fail my PhD 10 months to go?

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03-Dec-13, 00:15
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Have you tried to present your work in a conference?
Perhaps some professors will be positive with your research and agree to be your examiners?

My primary supervisor had great difficulty understanding my thesis. (She was unable to help or revise my work.)
However, I met an professor in conference who could understand my thesis...
He became my examiner and passed my thesis with minor revision...
We even discuss to publish several papers together.

Thread: Conference Proceedings Question

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30-Nov-13, 07:33
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Actually, publication in conference proceeding is not necessarily a good or bad thing.

It is a good thing because you have "one more line" in your CV.

However, it may be bad for a few reasons:
1. Because of imminent deadline, the paper may not be of high quality.
2. You may feel bad later because there could be some typo errors or missing references etc...
3. The reviewers of your paper may know who you are...

When you submit a paper for publication, it could be improved significantly by several reviewers.
It is also possible that your supervisor may not be as good as these reviewers.
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