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Thread: How strict are journals about word counts?

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27-May-20, 23:05
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I don't think tables are included but I have heard conflicting advice.

I was coauthor on a paper that got returned by an assistant editor for the introduction being too long (it was stupidly long). This was before the manuscript was assigned a real editor. The introduction was shortened and the re submission was then sent to the to an editor for review. So I think they check before the review process, so you might be able to submit and see.

Thread: Which uni is great to do a PhD in Behavioural Finance in the Netherlands/EU?

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27-May-20, 22:43
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I understand that you want to go to the best university possible but I would recommend you consider other aspects such as research culture, the project (if funded) and your supervisor. The university's reputation means nothing if you are not comfortable or working to your full potential.

I would consider applying to several universities that you are interested and deciding when you have offers. As during the application process you will potentially learn more about the department/supervisor and you can make a more informed decision.

Thread: Psychology PhD

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27-May-20, 12:46
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Hi Misirlou,

I will be honest, what you want to do is relatively common but it might be difficult to find funding. Most universities are willing to accept mature students and highly consider experience during applications. However, it sounds like a niche project vision+psychology and getting a funded scholarship is difficult at the best of times. I would recommend you to investigate your local universities (I am assuming you don't want to move far) to see if there are any lecturers that have the same research interests as yourself. Then contact them about about a PhD as they will know far more than us. They will be able to tell you about funding, entry requirements or if your project idea is any good. Most lecturers are happy to take mature students like you but it is all about funding.

If you have any more questions just ask,
Goodluck!

Thread: COVID Funded Extensions

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26-May-20, 17:03
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Hi everyone,

I know COVID-19 has affected research massively and the universities don't know what to do about PhD student extensions. Can someone help me understand the extensions options or say what their university is offering?

As I read that UKRI is unilaterally offering fully costed PhD extensions for all their final year PhD students (see link below), which includes. But my university is being very coy about extensions and bursary extensions. They will only approve extensions close to submission date and will consider financial support on a case by case basis. The department seems reluctant to give firm details and says I should focus on finishing on time first. Which I think is inappropriate as if my bursary is ending in September, I need to know to look for a job. I just think if the government is offering free extensions we should be allowed to take them. Is anyone else in a similar position and what has your department told you?


www.ukri.org/news/government-announces-support-for-phd-students-as-a-result-of-coronavirus-disruption

PS: My PhD is funded via EPRSC and so should be covered by this.

Thread: Quit my PhD 4years ago and now want to complete it

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26-May-20, 11:08
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How far did you progress with your research? As if you nearly finished it might be easier to approach your old supervisor and discuss part-time study.

Thread: Can published peer reviewed articles of sections of research be used as validation?

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25-May-20, 19:54
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I should have phrased my previous comment better. The sentiment I was trying to express was that if the PhD is composed of published material, the structure and minor details matter slightly less. The examiners during your viva will consider that your work has already been successfully peer reviewed and be less inclined to reject you over minor issues. I was not suggesting PhD by publication but suggesting that you should be confident in your own decisions. So if you think that your published work validates your framework, the examiners will unlikely to unreasonably reject it.

Thread: Can published peer reviewed articles of sections of research be used as validation?

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24-May-20, 09:40
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When I started my PhD, a professor gave me some advice, "publish 3 papers before your viva and no-one can fail you". I think that is the most applicable advice here. As if your work is published in peer-reviewed journals you have a lot more freedom to do what you think is appropriate.

Thread: Informal First Meeting

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21-May-20, 21:56
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I don't think you need to prepare that much. You don't start until October and he won't expect you to do much work before then. If he contacted you he will probably have a plan for what he will discuss, just go along with what he says.

Thread: How to publish book chapters...

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21-May-20, 21:51
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Quote From Jamie_Wizard:
Thanks Rewt, sorry to hear someone wasted your time with an abstract, did they give you a valid reason for rejection? I think you're right, I guess I'll have to email someone. I've had it in my mind to pursue this idea, but have just been so busy with my two main projects. I think adapting the material I have shouldn't take so long. What was your specific field Rewt, is it engineering?


Too many people accepted the invitation and he said "it looks better if all the authors have doctorates". I was pretty peeved that he used that excuse after he asked me unprompted.

Yeah I am a chemical engineer working in the "green economy".

Thread: How to publish book chapters...

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18-May-20, 18:29
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If you think it is good enough and it will benefit someone, don't give up. I know in my field books are by invitation or application but fairly regular. The books associated with the top journals are usually invite only but you might be able email someone inquiring. Some of the book series have a common associate editor across multiple editions and might be helpful. While some of smaller journals openly advertise calls for book chapters, where you submit an abstract related to the book theme. However my field has a rather active book market.

PS: My only experience with book chapters; was when a reader in my department invited me to submit an abstract to a book he was editor of and then rejected my abstract.

Thread: Difficulty working from home

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18-May-20, 18:19
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I am having the same problem. I am also mainly experimental and am at a total loss of what to do. I think I have lost my work routine and default to being lazy around the house. I am going back to my parents for a few weeks to find a new rhythm and work/life balance. I will tell you if I have any success.

Thread: PhD Formal Offer, but still in the pool for 1st choice PhD. Help!

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18-May-20, 18:16
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Accept it and politely withdraw if you need to.

Thee repercussions of leaving a PhD are minimal and you funding can be recyled. The supervisor might be a bit annoyed but the academic world is huge and there is very little they can do, especially if it is another country. Although having a guaranteed PhD offer must be a relief and congratulations! Goodluck!

Thread: Choosing a dissertaion topic

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18-May-20, 13:25
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Coronavirus is kinda a big deal at the minute and people love to read, talk, moan, complain and celebrate coronavirus/lockdown. So literally anything with coronavirus in it is relevant and you don't need to be too picky with your coronavirus topic. I would recommend focusing on a topic you are interested in and tack on coronavirus somewhere (preferably in the introduction). However if you want something more long term, do a meta analysis of coronoavirus in your chosen topic. As coronavirus analysis is such a novel topic, you can probably research whatever you want.

Thread: PhD Grant rejected. Any advise?

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15-May-20, 19:16
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Email or call them back and ask for feedback. They may say no but you may also get very useful feedback on what you are missing.

Thread: Going around in circles and feel pretty lost

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15-May-20, 19:11
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I might not be the best person to give advice on computer science. However you won't find a PhD topic by reading a broad range of papers and hoping for inspiration. You need to have a deep understanding of one topic to properly develop a research question and understand what is feasible. A PhD thesis only needs to incrementally find new knowledge and I think you should be looking for small problems that have already been partially explored.

I understand you feel limited by your prior knowledge but I know a scary number of cross-disciplinary PhD students who have done PhDs in subjects unrelated to their Bachelors/Masters. From talking with them, they feel lost at the start but after a couple years working on one topic, they learn what they need to know. You are not expected to be an expert on the field when you start but you just have to be committed enough to follow it through. As most PhD students are not productive until they have already spent 1-2 years working on their project.

Goodluck!
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