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Journal paper updates

With everything going on lately (my dissertation) I have completely ignored the updates regarding more papers I’m working on. Now that I don’t have a ton of papers in backlog, things have been seemingly moving at a pretty constant pace. So it’s time to talk about where I am on those and what’s coming next. Oh and of course, plans for my dissertation paper(s). So many papers.

I love science as much as the next person, but there’s so much writing involved. I get, you do an experiment, you need to tell people about it. Now I don’t mind writing, it’s work, but it’s not that bad. But it’s not exactly the highlight of the experience. I enjoy doing the experiments more. Maybe that’s not a bad thing, but the writing still needs to happen. If an experiment is done in the lab and no one knows, does it have an impact?

Recently I got feedback from my co-authors on “dual paper.” It took about a month to get feedback from both of them, which is surprisingly speedy for senior authors like that. Both brought up good points about the paper that need to be addressed. It’s called dual paper because it’s complex (you’ll see when it’s published), so explaining what we did and how we did it is not as straightforward as I would like. In fact hospital-PI said basically didn’t touch it and just wished me luck as I was writing the methods because he knew it wouldn’t be easy to explain. There’s still more work to be done, but not as much as I was expecting, so that’s the good news.

I’m hoping to address all the comments this week or next week at the latest. I prefer to have a quick turnaround for things like this because if I don’t it will just sit there taunting me. Plus other stuff will come up along the way and delay it so the more I try to get it done ASAP, the less likely it will just get thrown on the pile of stuff I need to find time to do. Fun times.

There’s a second paper I’m working on right now, and both of these papers are first author, so lots of work involved. That paper is the paper I’m sharing first authorship with (here), which I’m going to start calling model paper, since that makes sense to me. That paper we should be submitting for review in the next few weeks. I’m hoping it will go smoothly, but who even knows. Robot paper has caused some PTSD after years of back and forth, so I’m not even sure how this will go. I have hope, but I’m also a bit scared. This will be my now former undergrad, Kay’s first paper as she starts her PhD. With classes starting for her soon, we want to at least have this in review before the term starts. Fingers crossed there. It’s written, but there’s still work to be done on it.

I did just get word earlier last week that a paper I’m second author on will be published soon. It’s a really cool paper and I’m excited to share it. If we don’t specifically look at first author only, this will be paper number four I’ve published this year (two first author, two second author) and with any luck the others I just mentioned will either get published this year or early next. As with the others, I’ll make a post talking about it and why it’s so interesting when it goes live. But for now we’re waiting for it to be typeset and what not. It’s going to be open-access I believe so it should be free to read when it goes up if anyone is interested in the work.

Since we’re talking papers, assuming my dissertation goes well I should have at least one paper I will be submitting for publication this year regarding the work I’m doing. It feels like it won’t happen at the moment, but I’m not giving up just yet! At the very least I’m going to continue working like I will make it and we’ll see what happens, which is basically the same strategy I’m using for finishing my dissertation. If aim 1 goes well, then aim 2 should also lead to a publication, although technically speaking aim 1 could lead to two publications if it goes well.

Again a lot of this is hanging on my dissertation project even working in the first place and I’ve already been told flat out it won’t work… so there’s that. But as I always say, you’ll never find anything if you don’t look and just because you don’t think something will work doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Hell, I never would’ve thought EEG works if I’m being honest. I mean the skull is bone and bone is the second least conductive material in the body, yet somehow here we are. So if what I’m proposing doesn’t work, well at least we know, if it does, then hell yeah we did something cool and what was previously thought to be impossible. High risk, high reward, so why not?

So yeah let’s recap, that’s one second author paper definitely being published this year. Two first author papers being published either this year or early next. And my dissertation paper(s) one coming this year and one next if all goes well and my project actually works. I would say that’s a pretty productive year for me! If the two first author papers in the works get published this year that would be six papers and four of them would be first author. I don’t know what the average is for someone still working on there PhD, but that feels incredibly productive considering I had two publications last year and none the previous year.

Busy, busy!

2 responses

  1. This is why I like “mad” science, you can just do it and don’t have to write any formal papers. But then you don’t get the same level of credibility, or any grant money, so … everything’s a tradeoff.

    I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to once these all come out.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 21, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    • Haha, yeah if only we didn’t need money to survive… not that researchers get paid much anyway, but it’s better than nothing I guess.

      Thanks, I’m looking forward to getting the chance to share!

      Liked by 1 person

      August 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm

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