Publications: Authorship and Credit

When you’re doing a PhD and writing up a study for publication, authorship can sometimes be an easy and obvious process. It’s your project so you’re number 1, the senior author, and your supervisors come after that. However, sometimes things can get complicated. It could be that your supervisor had a lot of influence onContinue reading “Publications: Authorship and Credit”

Drowning in Email

(N.B., Sorry this one is a little longer than normal. It appears I have a lot of things to say about email). Once I became a postgraduate student, my inbox became a terrifying place. Suddenly I had emails coming from: My supervisor My students Email groups I was signed up to (e.g., all PhD studentsContinue reading “Drowning in Email”

Planning your semester

A while ago I wrote a post that outlined how I plan my year. In that post I described how I set up my calendar to prepare myself for the year and I recommend going back and checking that out. Today I wanted to focus on a slightly smaller scale: the semester. However, some peopleContinue reading “Planning your semester”

Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph

Last week, Chris made the argument for the Thesis by Publication route. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to do a monograph. My PhD continued the research from my Masters degree The research I had done in my Masters of Research degree was the beginning of a big project. I was developingContinue reading “Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph”

Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder

I still remember the time I had to write a reference list for my first psychology undergraduate essay. I tried to add to the reference list each time I mentioned a new paper. But then I would savagely cut my paper down (because I was way over the word limit) and then have to cross-referenceContinue reading “Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder”

Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post

I’ve been marking assignments recently, as well as reading a lot of research for a scoping review, and both of these tasks have struck a nerve with me. There is a lot of bad writing out there. Writing that hurts my brain and I feel the need to vent. A few caveats: I’m not brilliantContinue reading “Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post”

I hate my thesis

There comes a point in your PhD journey when you sigh and say “I hate my thesis.” This point may come only once or be a daily occurrence. I know it happened to me. Sometimes I said it regularly (but jokingly) when yet another experiment had failed. I said it once or twice seriously whenContinue reading “I hate my thesis”

Dealing with Supervisor Feedback

The very first time I sent my supervisor a piece of my writing I was so anxious. I had read it over a million times. I also had a friend read it over as well and got their thoughts on it. I thought I had done a good job. After all, I had made itContinue reading “Dealing with Supervisor Feedback”