The Higher Education Megathread

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:58 am

Rightey wrote:I really need to publish something myself, I'm in my 4th year and all I've done is present stuff with others, and now will be having a paper published as a co-author, but I've never actually done anything myself.

Also I want to present my work, but I'm worried it might get stolen as someone who worked in the same place I did wrote a paper that was very similar to my own work :x

How do you guys deal with that? Is it basically just publish first, and then present on things you already have out there?


What exact field are you in? I guess it's difficult for people to copy work in my area because they don't have access to the raw data I've collected and even conference presentations result in either a very minor publication (abstract only) or an addition to my CV so it would be easy to prove if someone had plagiarised any of my work.

I have a pretty set study team (involving my PhD supervisors and one external guy) who are all senior to me and not many others in our Department really focuses on the area of stroke. Those who do are my age and are friends so wouldn't (hopefully!) steal any of my work... I do sometimes worry that when I publish a methodological paper, there isn't actually anything stopping anyone from going and rushing through the study before I get a chance to finish it. I have a methodology paper coming out soon for a study I'm approximately 50% of the way through so I'll keep you posted with anger if anyone does steal this...

I think you just commit to a specific project with a set team and get yourself on a paper as lead author. After the first time around it becomes much easier.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:57 pm

Mini E wrote:What exact field are you in? I guess it's difficult for people to copy work in my area because they don't have access to the raw data I've collected and even conference presentations result in either a very minor publication (abstract only) or an addition to my CV so it would be easy to prove if someone had plagiarised any of my work.

I have a pretty set study team (involving my PhD supervisors and one external guy) who are all senior to me and not many others in our Department really focuses on the area of stroke. Those who do are my age and are friends so wouldn't (hopefully!) steal any of my work... I do sometimes worry that when I publish a methodological paper, there isn't actually anything stopping anyone from going and rushing through the study before I get a chance to finish it. I have a methodology paper coming out soon for a study I'm approximately 50% of the way through so I'll keep you posted with anger if anyone does steal this...

I think you just commit to a specific project with a set team and get yourself on a paper as lead author. After the first time around it becomes much easier.


I do a lot of work with census data, and other public datasets and so if someone knew what I was doing it would be possible to recreate my work, or alternatively, if someone gets the same idea as me, they could come to the same conclusions independently.

Good luck with your paper, hopefully nothing happens. I have a friend who was working on a team that was able to scoop someone else, I can't remember the exact details but his team had to resort to taking out ad space and using that to publish their results in order to beat the other team that was working on similar research. I was pretty surprised you could actually do that, especially as they are in the field of medicine.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:28 am

Looks like I’m supervising my first undergraduate dissertation. This is both huge for my academic CV and really exciting on a personal level. :toot:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:04 am

Anyone ever submitted a paper proposal that was outside of their normal field of study? I’m a bit nervous in case the symposium organisers look at my proposal, then look at my body of work and are like “what the strawberry float are you talking about?”

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:37 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:Anyone ever submitted a paper proposal that was outside of their normal field of study? I’m a bit nervous in case the symposium organisers look at my proposal, then look at my body of work and are like “what the strawberry float are you talking about?”


Nope. Good luck :shifty:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:50 pm

Mini E wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Anyone ever submitted a paper proposal that was outside of their normal field of study? I’m a bit nervous in case the symposium organisers look at my proposal, then look at my body of work and are like “what the strawberry float are you talking about?”


Nope. Good luck :shifty:

I just spent my lunch break creating acronyms for HIV/AIDS related conditions.

Prince Charles Rarely Cuddles The Crying Nudists - Common AIDS-signifying opportunistic infections. Catchy. If anyone has one involving "C D C C K L P D P S H" in any order, I'm all ears.


:lol: Thanks, it's sort-of related to my field of study so I've got the background academic knowledge but it also goes into what I can only describe as comic book studies at one point which is just purely a hobby on my part.

Could Dire Consequences Come Keenly Like Poor Dental Procedures Priced Seriously Highly :slol:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:18 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:
Mini E wrote:
Corazon de Leon wrote:Anyone ever submitted a paper proposal that was outside of their normal field of study? I’m a bit nervous in case the symposium organisers look at my proposal, then look at my body of work and are like “what the strawberry float are you talking about?”


Nope. Good luck :shifty:

I just spent my lunch break creating acronyms for HIV/AIDS related conditions.

Prince Charles Rarely Cuddles The Crying Nudists - Common AIDS-signifying opportunistic infections. Catchy. If anyone has one involving "C D C C K L P D P S H" in any order, I'm all ears.


:lol: Thanks, it's sort-of related to my field of study so I've got the background academic knowledge but it also goes into what I can only describe as comic book studies at one point which is just purely a hobby on my part.

Could Dire Consequences Come Keenly Like Poor Dental Procedures Priced Seriously Highly :slol:


How long did you spend on that acronym that you could've better spent on your actual paper?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:56 pm

Honestly? About 60 seconds, but I was at my other job so it's fine. :lol:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:17 pm

Had a paper published today about stroke. Looked at my tables this morning and found an error in my means/SDs. p values/effect sizes are correct but ffs. ffs. ffs. Now to wait and see if anyone actually notices.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:05 pm

Shiiiit, good luck mate.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Johnny Ryall » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:51 pm

Been out of the education game for 12 years and work are putting me through ccna. Boy howdy that's a shock to the system, looks like a fun course though.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:55 pm

E-mailed in a correction approximately 23 hours after publication. How utterly embarrassing. I decided it was better that I announced the mistake and sent in corrections than someone writes a published letter to the editor saying how incompetent I am. Lesser of two evils etc.

What is the CCNA, Johnny? I don't know the acronym.

This week has been a load of bollocks. So was last week. Next week will be worse.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:08 pm

Mini E wrote:E-mailed in a correction approximately 23 hours after publication. How utterly embarrassing. I decided it was better that I announced the mistake and sent in corrections than someone writes a published letter to the editor saying how incompetent I am. Lesser of two evils etc.

What is the CCNA, Johnny? I don't know the acronym.

This week has been a load of bollocks. So was last week. Next week will be worse.


I think you did the right thing, If you hadn't sent in the correction not only might you end up looking incompetent later, but others might end up using your wrong results which could cause serious problems to other studies (I assume).

Also, CCNA is a certification for networking from CISCO.

Good luck Johnny, my friend has a ton of different networking/IT certifications and they've helped him out in his career.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:42 pm

Rightey wrote:
Mini E wrote:E-mailed in a correction approximately 23 hours after publication. How utterly embarrassing. I decided it was better that I announced the mistake and sent in corrections than someone writes a published letter to the editor saying how incompetent I am. Lesser of two evils etc.

What is the CCNA, Johnny? I don't know the acronym.

This week has been a load of bollocks. So was last week. Next week will be worse.


I think you did the right thing, If you hadn't sent in the correction not only might you end up looking incompetent later, but others might end up using your wrong results which could cause serious problems to other studies (I assume).

Also, CCNA is a certification for networking from CISCO.

Good luck Johnny, my friend has a ton of different networking/IT certifications and they've helped him out in his career.


Yeah - I don't want to be forever looking over my shoulder. It's purely the means and standard deviations that weren't correctly copied across due to the number of decimal places in the raw data vs the published data... small differences but differences nonetheless. My significance values and effect sizes were correct so the paper itself is still completely valid - there were just minor alterations of the mean/SD for some variables.

That CCNA sounds intense and a mile outside my comfort zone. Good luck Johnny!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Johnny Ryall » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:11 pm

Yeah it's a bit much but I've been using Cisco kit since the start of 2015 so it's not like it's an alien concept.

The hardest part is the self discipline to swot. For what it's worth the acronym is Cisco Certified Network Associate

Pay rise when I'm certified is big though so you know that's incentive!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:29 pm

Alarm 06:00, get to the Uni at 07:00, PhD work 07:15-09:00, lecturing 09:00-10:30, Prep for next lecturing 10:30-11:30, celebratory toilet trip/down time 11:30-11:40, lecturing 12:00-18:00, Gym downstairs 18:00-19:00, PhD work 19:00-21:00, home, sleep, alarm 06:00, get to the Uni for 07:00 etc. etc.

Have set submission deadline for thesis of the end of Feb to my external examiner. Meeeeeeep. This means I will be writing my thesis on my honeymoon over Christmas and New Year :slol: - lucky wife. I wonder if she wanted any time together on our honeymoon. I do hope not. It'll all be worth it in the end!


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