Ross Curran is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he is an active member of the Intercultural Research Centre. His primary research interests focus on improving volunteer management practises in the third sector, while he has published papers exploring PPT in the developed world, and authenticity consumption at tourist sites in Japan. His PhD thesis is concerned with fostering greater utilisation of the heritage inherent in many third sector organisations.

The PhD process gives you the opportunity to get to grips with a vast amount of literature, positioning PhD students strongly when it comes to publishing journal articles and opportunities to contribute to their respective field. It might seem like yet another task for already time-constrained PhD students, but publishing during the PhD can offer several benefits including:

  1. Alleviating some of the self-doubt and anxiety that accompanies so many PhD projects through successful publication experiences
  2. Develops good working relationships with other academics holding similar interests
  3. Can benefit from the experiences of co-authors with a long track-record of publishing
  4. Feedback from reviewers can stimulate new ideas, highlight the PhD students strengths, and pin-point their weaknesses, allowing them to work towards strengthening them.
  5. Improves subsequent employment opportunities within academia (so they tell me).

It’s also likely, (as happened in my experience) that there will be long periods (perhaps several months) between submitting a journal article manuscript, and receiving feedback from reviewers, which allows the PhD student plenty time to ultimately focus on their main concern – the PhD!

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