How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 55: Publishing from your thesis

Dennis Nickson


I read the reviewers’ comments again. ‘Wow, I’m never, ever going to get published’, was my immediate thought. Thankfully, though, I had the wise counsel of two senior colleagues to put the reviewers’ comments into context and understand that such comments were not uncommon. Rejection is, unfortunately, part of academic life. This experience was based on submitting a jointly authored paper, drawn largely from my doctoral research, to a high-quality journal and getting a very clear rejection. Now as an editor of a journal, Employee Relations, my philosophy is very much driven by these formative experiences of being a young researcher getting a brutal rejection. In that sense I am pleased to be in a position of editing a journal that has a publicly stated aim of offering an accessible, though rigorously assessed, platform for early career research.

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