Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Writing a Journal
So yet another thing has been keeping me busy this past week or so. Have been talking with colleagues about doing a paper together for a couple of years now. Based on some of the earlier stuff I did in my thesis and the similar work Alastair did in his. The idea is that by putting them together we show some good support for even earlier work. You know, replicating factors in alternative places. Well, that paper has finally been coming to fruition in the last couple of months. We are not sure where we are going to put it, but it is definitely a journal paper. This of course means it may be some time before it actually sees the light of day.

It is one things that I've come to realise on this academic path: work in journals is not new. For the most part, it can take a very long time to get from initial submission, through the review process, to final publication. They also take longer to write. When you get results it is easy (and highly tempting) to knock up some conference papers. They are shorter, come with a holiday attached, they are more accessible and more current. However, journals carry significantly more weight, and so it is well advised to produce journal papers. Even if you don't get any during the period of your thesis, it is strongly advised that you look to turn your thesis into journal publications. Not least because it doesn't look good to be constantly citing an unpublished thesis, and papers are easier for others to reference.

Journal papers are tough. You are looking at 30-50 pages, as opposed to 6-8 for a conference. And it is particularly difficult communicating between and editing with multiple authors. However, journal papers are well worth the effort...or so I am told!!

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