publishing in academic press

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06-Jan-19, 17:36
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Does anyone have any experience of publishing PhD articles / chapters / papers before finishing. I'm finding it a burden to do so but I imagine it's a necessary one?
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07-Jan-19, 11:40
by rewt
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It can vary on your field. I am in engineering where it is assumed you will get 2 papers out before finishing but other fields (cough*** Humanities) no one ever publishes during the PhD. Have a look round your colleagues and see if publishing is necessary (though it is always desirable)

If you find it hard to motivate yourself, remember you can put published work in your thesis which will make your defense a lot easier. It is harder to criticise peer-reviewed work that has published during your viva. So if you have over a year left publishing would be very valuable.

I am fortunate that my project is contains 4-5 smaller projects that can all be turned into papers. Try to identify bits of your work that answer a clear question and publish them. Those papers than can then form the basis of a chapter which will make writing your paper easier.
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07-Jan-19, 12:46
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posted about 1 week ago
My thesis format is a paper per chapter so I take on board your advice - having them published pre-viva gives weight. Thank you.
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08-Jan-19, 09:57
by pf329
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I got two journal articles and a conference paper published before I submitted and I'm preparing two more journal articles while waiting for my viva. My field is colour image processing.

A PhD is basically a training to do research and to write journal articles and the more you can demonstrate to the examiners that you can do that, the better. At school I was taught to always make things easy for the examiners and the more of your thesis that has already been peer-reviewed, the easier it'll be for your PhD examiners to pass you.
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08-Jan-19, 17:28
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but other fields (cough*** Humanities) no one ever publishes during the PhD. Have a look round your colleagues and see if publishing is necessary (though it is always desirable)

Rubbish! My PhD is in the humanities, and I published during my PhD.
posted
08-Jan-19, 19:05
by rewt
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posted about 1 week ago
Quote From DocInsanity:
but other fields (cough*** Humanities) no one ever publishes during the PhD. Have a look round your colleagues and see if publishing is necessary (though it is always desirable)

Rubbish! My PhD is in the humanities, and I published during my PhD.


I must apologise for my broad tone and should not have made such a generalisation. However I stick to the point that some fields have far lower expectations of published work than others. It is not to say they are any less valuable but that fields have different opinions on what is a significant contribution.
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08-Jan-19, 23:36
by pm133
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posted about 1 week ago
Quote From rewt:


I must apologise for my broad tone and should not have made such a generalisation. However I stick to the point that some fields have far lower expectations of published work than others. It is not to say they are any less valuable but that fields have different opinions on what is a significant contribution.


You are digging yourself quite the little hole here :-D
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09-Jan-19, 17:47
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by Mark_B
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posted about 1 week ago
I also published a couple of times during a Humanities PhD, but I think it's fair to say that there's less expectation for students to do so - which is perhaps what rewt is really getting at? All peer-reviewed publications should, of course, be worthwhile contributions to their field - by definition ;)
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12-Jan-19, 18:02
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posted about 5 days ago
Another person with a PHD in "humanities" who is rather irked by the comment " other fields (cough*** Humanities) no one ever publishes during the PhD." - ROARRRRR ;)

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