Friday, November 21, 2008

I have been accepted for publication... at last!

It's not that I haven't had a paper published before, but this one has special significance... It is the final publication from my PhD.

Regular readers of this blog (all 3 of you) will realize that I finished my PhD four years ago. So what took me so long to get this published? The list of reasons goes something like this:

  • After completing my PhD I left the country for a new job in a different field (I am now on my second job since leaving the country, in another field)
  • My PhD supervisor unexpectedly passed away less than a year after I left
  • My PhD co-supervisor lost her father on the same day
  • My PhD co-supervisor had a cancer scare (she is thankfully completely healthy now)
  • Countless revisions of the manuscript and recalculations of data
  • Finally, the first review of the manuscript required corrections. Included in these was a request to include a particular detailed mechanism for the chemical reaction I was utilizing. This seems reasonable, except that there is no proven mechanism for this reaction, and the particular mechanism requested by the reviewer did not appear to exist! Thankfully, the editors did not require me to make this addition
It took a while, but it got there in the end! (It sounds like I just published the little engine that could!).


Odyssey said...

Woohoo!!!! Congratulations!!!

JollyRgr said...
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JollyRgr said...

Well took a long time but it was worth it....:-)

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