The final years
From getting ready for your VIVA to how to get published.
By about the mid-point of your PhD journey, it becomes apparent that getting a successful completion signals not the end per se, but the end of the beginning. For some, the PhD is the summation of their academic endeavours, allowing you to retire undefeated from the world of education bearing its highest accolade. For others, especially those aspiring to an academic career, PhDs are the entry ticket to a world where reputation is all. So how do you build your academic reputation?
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.
Dr Babak Taheri gives 9 + 1 hints for publishing a quantitative journal paper.
Now, before we go any further, clearly articulating you theory, context, data collection, and data analysis is not enough to get published, however, not doing is enough to get your paper desk rejected.
Clear articulation of all three things is subject to a sensible selection process; a general review might not require the application of any particular theory, whilst a conceptual paper may not involve the collection and analysis of original data, but once you know what type of paper you are writing, you should be able to break it down. Being able to explain your paper in relation to each of these sections is of great help when considering both the ways in which to frame the paper, and the gaps that your research addresses.
Prof. Kevin O’gorman gives his top 10 hints on how to get published for the first time. It is way more accessible than you actually think.
Our top 10 Hints to prepare for your PhD Viva.
The exact terminology is not exact, and often varies from institution to institution… Don’t fixate on particular words… like minor / major / substantive etc., rather, understand what the board classifications mean.
So you’ve been accepted for a conference (hopefully somewhere exciting!), and your conference paper is ready to be presented to an assembly of your academic peers. Whilst one of the principal benefits of an academic conference can be the constructive criticism a presenter receives on their ideas, the opportunity to develop an academic network of researchers within your field is arguably as important.
An essential part of the PhD process is the relationship between student and supervisors, and the role supervisors play in the development of a PhD project. As with any working relationships the manner in which this dynamic works is hugely varied, but there are steps that can be taken to maximise the value you as a student get out of your supervisory team. There are a few things you should either when choosing supervisors should you have this luxury, or when working with them should they be assigned to you.
Over the course of my PhD, I have been lucky enough to attend four conferences (one industry, and three academic), two in my first year, one in my second, and one in my third. Although there perhaps is never a ‘bad’ time to attend a conference, there are definitely times when benefits from attendance can be maximised, and indeed, the type of conference can be dependent on your stage of study.