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Thread: Time to publish... Can never get past the first draft

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10-Jul-19, 15:10
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posted about 7 months ago
vespa, if it's academia itself but you are not ready to move away, it might help you to plan your escape now whilst you are not in a panic to get out. You don't need to enact those plans but taking the time to think about it now will help you I think.
Don't worry, many many people change direction more than once in their career. I've lost count of how many times I've done it personally. As soon as I saw your post I recognised the symptoms.

Thread: Passed with minors!

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06-Jul-19, 05:47
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posted about 7 months ago
Very pleased to hear this TQ.
Fantastic news to start a Saturday morning with.
After everything you have been through to get this, many congratulations.
I hope you find some time to sit back for a while and enjoy the moment.
This news has certainly cheered me up.

Thread: Time to publish... Can never get past the first draft

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04-Jul-19, 05:08
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posted about 7 months ago
Are you sure it's the projects you are losing interest in or the entire premise of academia?
If it's happening across more than one project it might be the latter.

Thread: Crunch time

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04-Jul-19, 04:57
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It sounds like it's simply ready to submit and you should do that first.
Then, whilst you are waiting for your Viva start working on the analytical changes he wants.
This will help you get ahead of the game before the Viva and makes it look like you are on top of things.

Thread: After the complaint, what should I do if the university doesn’t take an action?

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28-Jun-19, 20:56
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posted about 8 months ago
At some point, somebody is going to sue a university in a landmark case and I hope that happens sooner rather than later.
BUT. Nobody on here should be trying to push this as some sort of moral crusade onto the shoulders of someone else. The OP needs to make their own mind up and IMO they should be receiving two things from us:

1) Our best wishes and support if they choose to pursue this.
2) Genuine advice about what physical, time, financial and emotional hurdles they are almost certainly be faced with.

This is a very serious undertaking that most of us wouldn't want to put purselves through and nobody should be attempting to "spur them on" under the banner of "but what about other students?"
One or two posts have fallen into that category.

Thread: Thoughts on doing a Phd as a hobby/alternatives

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28-Jun-19, 20:45
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posted about 8 months ago
A masters or undergrad degree will restrict you to exploring a small number of subjects and the enjoyment of that can be ruined or diminished by the necessity to pass exams every few months.

A PhD is a great way to get the intellectual freedom you want providing you can control the pressure to publish. It will also give you the structure and the focus which you appear to want.

You also want to do the PhD for the right reasons IMO.

It seems a perfect match for you and your age is completely irrelevant.

Thread: what to get as a thank-you gift ?

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28-Jun-19, 20:36
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posted about 8 months ago
Apart from the fact that expensive gifts might look like some form of corruption has taken place (and in the UK we have laws about that), what is wrong with a handshake and a "thank you"?
Am I missing something here?

Thread: Can university use personal mental health against me

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28-Jun-19, 20:33
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posted about 8 months ago
If your mental health issues are either preventing you from fulfilling your work or causing problems in any capacity for others, then they have every right to sign you off on sick leave. Where they can legally go from there will depend on the country and their legislation.

Your recorded comments about needing military-style abuse are not helpful to you but I am not sure that they even need that to remove you from the work environment.

You need proper legal advice. We are happy to help on here but none of us are legal experts I suspect.

Thread: Very frustrated PhD Candidate

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28-Jun-19, 20:21
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posted about 8 months ago
If a journal is "good" (whatever that means), they will be inundated with paper submissions. You could easily be waiting up to a year depending on the journal.
You could phone them and ask the current status.

As for the experimental stuff, that's part and parcel of research I'm afraid. 3 months is not much time. It might help if you try not to put time expectations on things. Are you able to break your setup down into manageable testable chunks to try and narrow down where the issue might be?

Both of your problems indicate an unhealthy relationship with setting time expectations. I think you need to focus your energies on why this is the case. Time can be your friend or your enemy.

Thread: Why does my supervisor ask the other student, rather than me, to make a poster?

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22-Jun-19, 17:00
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posted about 8 months ago
You should ask your supervisor directly about this.

Thread: How to write to university for treating my appeal with proper manners

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17-Jun-19, 18:30
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posted about 8 months ago
I'm not surprised that you are facing this sort of problem.
All large organisations are like this because there is nothing in it for them to make these things easy for you.

They want you to give up and go away.
When you take on any appeal such as this you need to be prepared to hassle them until they do what they say they will do in their procedures. You might even find that their procedures state that they "should" respond within a certain timescale rather than "must". There's a big difference and I'm betting they state the former. You should check this.

Other than that, I'm afraid you have to settle in for a long fight.
It took me over a month to get them to send me my PhD certificate after I'd paid for it many months prior to that. They eventually sent it in a plain brown unmarked cylinder tube rather than a formally labelled uni tube in a clearly petty response to my continually emailing them.

You need to be sure you can handle this sort of nonsense or it could very easily grind you down.

Thread: Is there still a chance for me to get a distinction

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12-Jun-19, 21:33
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posted about 8 months ago
I think the regulations are only guidelines.
In order to ensure parity with previous years, grade boundaries can and do move around. 70% may not be enough. Conversely 68% might be enough in some years. It works like this at school level too.
Someone here who is involved in marking might be able to clarify but I think I am right here.

Thread: publishing papers out of my completed PhD thesis

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08-Jun-19, 10:25
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posted about 8 months ago
I won't lie, reading about chasing increasing H-factors, citation scores and impact factors makes me glad I quit academia. I can feel the life being sucked right out of me just reading it :)
As an aside though, I am sure that self citations don't count towards any scores. That would be open to all sorts of abuse.

Thread: Relationship with supervisors unworkable months from finishing

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06-Jun-19, 06:08
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posted about 8 months ago
Quote From Kelpie1:
Thanks for your reply guys/gals!
I'm trying to muster up the strength of character needed to push through. The idea of rocking up to my graduation with 2 kids does sound appealing :).
I bet you do remember the process though - how demoralising it is, and how it can make you feel like a failure.


My PhD was largely fine although I couldn't fathom out what I wanted to do after I graduated.
What got me was the last few months when I switched off almost completely. My viva was very challenging and I just wanted the whole thing to be done. I couldn't think straight and I was feigning interest. Once I passed the viva I took another 6 weeks to finalise a couple of papers and give a conference talk. The last struggle was getting my final paper published which I no longer cared about. That dragged on for a few weeks. By the time I was done I was pretty broken and quit academia. I'm glad I went through the PhD but I'll never forget the horror of that final struggle. The switch-off came on so suddenly that it took my breath away. Had that happened a few months earlier I would definitely have walked away. Just goes to show that we all have our breaking point.

Thread: Relationship with supervisors unworkable months from finishing

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04-Jun-19, 20:59
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posted about 8 months ago
At this late stage you probably don't need your supervisors help anymore. I would resist further contact, write up and leave.
I'm afraid academia is peppered with these absolute bastards and you are better off getting finished and away.
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