Sunday, November 27, 2011

Paper Submission Tips - Part 1

Submitting conference papers or journal articles is one of the most time consuming tasks for grad students. I will post some tips to make this easier for you. Of course, this is going to take more than one post. But each post will be short.

First of all, plan for the deadline. Researchers are not known for meeting deadlines. But it makes our life easier if we do.

If you are a student, your supervisor (advisor) will check your paper before you submit it. Chances are high that he will suggest changes, too. So, plan for the time taken for this. But I suggest that you should not give the prof too much time, either. He/she might come up with additional work to do, and ruin your plans. So, here is my plan.

1. Plan to finish the paper four days before the deadline.
2. Leave it for one day, don't even look at it.
3. Check again the next day, and chances are high that you will notice some mistakes. Correct them.
4. Send to your advisor and co-authors the next day. Two days should be enough for them.

On the day before the deadline, login to the paper submission web site and submit the paper. You can always replace it with the newer version, if your prof has changes to be made.

Most of the time, deadlines are extended. You might see this as a chance to improve your paper, but most of the time it is not. Unless you really, really think so, just leave the paper as it is and start on something new.

So much for now. The next post will tell you how to quickly start writing a research paper.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Qualities of a Successful PhD Student

 Prof. Matt Might of the University of Utah has lost of valuable advice to grad students. This one is short, but a must-read!

You should also read his page more often.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Authoring a PhD Thesis: Google Book

Patrick Dunleavy's book on Authoring a PhD is a good resource for those of you who have done most of your work, and are planning to write the thesis soon.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where do we get stuck?

If you are doing a PhD, or a research masters, there are a few places where you might have problems. Before getting to details, I will try to list them:
  1. Managing time
  2. Deciding your thesis topic
  3. Interacting with your supervisor/s
  4. Writing
  5. Presentations
A long list, isn't it? Fortunately, things are not that bad. Most students have trouble with only a couple of them. In coming posts, I will try to provide you a few tips on how you can do these things better. Stay tuned!