Most of you know that I successfully defended my PhD research in December.
What I’m going through now is pretty typical (at least for my institution): I’m revising and refining parts of the document according to comments and suggestions from committee members.
My dissertation comprises three chapters, each of which is a stand-alone paper designed to be submitted to a journal. When I have more time, and when it’s all officially over, I’ll outline each in much more detail. But, for now, I’m going to discuss them more generally.
Chapter 1 was originally submitted last July. The first reviews came back a few days before my defense, which was actually good timing. So, now I’m looking at those peer reviews combined with reviews from my committee members. Essentially, I can revise the manuscript for the journal and, at the same time, clean up what will be the dissertation version.
Chapter 2 doesn’t need too much refinement for the dissertation, but still needs work before it’s ready to submit to a journal. It’s too long and too dissertation-chapter-esque.
Chapter 3, which is the work I presented at AGU last month, was submitted over the holiday break! I’m very excited about this paper…we’ll see how excited I am when reviews come back trashing it. For the dissertation, however, this one is done. Done. The version that I submitted a couple weeks ago will be the one in the dissertation.
My research job with The Man starts in less than a month, so it looks like Chapter 2 might not be ready for journal submission before I start there. This is not ideal…but it happens. Getting two-thirds of my PhD work submitted before leaving is pretty good. I tried.
To be honest, I’m having a difficult time getting my head fully into these revisions. I need a break…I deserve a break. But, I need to keep at it.
Almost there…stay on target.