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 58: Publications, what publications?

Mark N. K. Saunders


Recently, a doctoral student in her final year at my university asked me to read through her curriculum vitae (CV) and provide some feedback. We decided to look through it together whilst having a drink in the campus coffee shop. There was an occasional spelling mistake and places where information was unclear. The student wanted a position at a UK, research-intensive university, so we decided to look carefully at her CV from that viewpoint. For such positions, candidates with strong research and publication records as well as teaching experience are most likely to be selected for interviews and, consequently, the position. This student’s chances of obtaining an interview would therefore be helped if her CV emphasised she could (undertake research and) publish in what are often referred to as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ journals, as well as outlining her teaching experience.

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