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  • Rosaline 8:37 am on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    No objection certificate PhD guide 

    Is it necessary to obtain no objection certificate from the previous supervisor? Suppose if I had some terrible issues with my previous supervisor and would like to submit an application in university for the change of supervisor, but he doesn’t agree to sign the certificate, will my supervisor be changed?

     
    • Christina 6:50 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Changing PhD guide is a big deal for University faculty. It depends upon the reason for demanding such a change and how adverse the impact is upon your research. Let us say, you want to change your PhD advisor and want to begin working with a new supervisor on a fresh research problem or topic discarding the research work you have done before, your supervisor can be changed even if the previous advisor doesn’t sign the certificate. However, if you like to continue with the existing research work with a new supervisor, obtaining no objection certificate from the previous supervisor and a PhD consent letter from the new supervisor becomes mandatory.

    • Patrick 5:49 am on June 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      If you are submitting the application at a later stage of your PhD, it is nearly impossible that university will transfer you to a new supervisor as then the established work flow is interrupted, and supervisors do not accept the PhD projects that have already been started by another supervisor. So, whether your previous advisor signs No objection certificate or not remains of no use.

  • Rosaline 11:10 am on October 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Query regarding APA formatting 

    Hi, I am pursuing my Ph.D. in “Medical Waste Management in Florida”. I have written my dissertation and submitted it 2 times to my chair but always faced rejection. The major issue of my rejection is APA formatting. No matter what I do, I am not getting the format right. I have read several guidelines and online tutorials to understand the formatting but still I seem to miss on something. I am afraid I’ll fall into the ABD category!! I also thought about hiring an editor, but I am not too confident about their reliability and confidentiality. Can anyone please suggest as to what I should do to come out of this situation???

     
    • Thomas 10:15 am on October 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      When I was writing my dissertation I faced trouble in formatting the references. I am sure that you are aware of the two forms of referencing. One is known as in-text citations wherein the sources of information are mentioned in brief in the text of the dissertation. Second form is reference list which is found at the end of the publication. This list provides full bibliographic information of each source cited in the text.
      To get the referencing right I searched for some freeware software programs available for referencing. At the end, I used “citethisforme.com”. Using such online free software made my job convenient and saved a lot of time. It did wonders for me and I hope this will work for you as well.

      • ritawatson1 5:33 am on October 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Thomas, the site recommended by you was really helpful. The reference section of my dissertation is now according to APA format. Can you please suggest any other free service for formatting tables and figures?

    • Steve 9:09 am on October 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      APA formatting is not just about the references, but title page, abstract, main Body, and then at the end appears the references. I can know what u must be going through, as I have also suffered the same burns. I would recommend you to take some help from http://www.24x7editing.com/APA_formatting.html. They provide amazing services and within the promised deadline. M sure u won’t have to seek help any further once you reach them and the best part is that your work would also remain confidential.

    • ritawatson1 4:57 am on November 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Steve, I would like to thank you for directing me towards 24X7editing. I was so stuck before; it made me sick. It’s been almost a week since I contacted them and now I have my APA FORMATTED thesis in my hand…!! Phew, its like I am on the surface again. They were quite understanding, and I am satisfied with their services. I have also given my edited thesis to my chair. Hopefully, it won’t come back now. Thanx again Steve!

  • Rosaline 1:11 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to choose a suitable Journal for your paper? 

    While choosing a journal keep the below mentioned points in mind –
    1. See if there is a match between the research paper and the journal’s scope and aim?
    The most common reason for journal rejection is the mismatch between the manuscript journal’s aim and scope.

    2. What si the readership and target audience?
    Have a look at the below example,
    If, for example, your paper could have a bearing on public policy or could change the way nurses handle patient care, then choose a broad-based journal that reaches a wide and non-technical audience.

    3. Is the journal highly visible?
    Is the journal included in electronic databases? Is the journal indexed in ISI’s Web of Science? Is it indexed in the popular subject-specific databases in your field (like EconLit or PsychINFO)? This improves the visibility of your research in your chosen field of research and may also increase the number of times your article is cited.

     
    • 99edward 9:12 am on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      hello,
      I am writing my first journal paper and very confused about the format that I should follow. Is there a specific format for a research paper? do all journals accept the same format? please help!

    • ThomasJ 10:01 am on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Edward! If you have not completed major sections of your paper, I would recommend you to look for a journal first. When you have a target journal to publish your paper in, you would be able to write as per their format. You can go for online journal selection services if you are unsure of the key points that must be looked for selecting a journal. There are various online journal directories where you can look for a journal like http://doaj.org/, http://www.sciencedirect.com/ and similar others.
      If you are through with your paper, then too, you can search for a journal that suits the research domain of your study.

    • edward99 12:40 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Thomas
      Thanks for the reply. I have not yet finished writing the paper and i will go by your advice and select a target journal first. I will complete the paper accordingly then.
      thanks for the useful links!

  • Rosaline 7:10 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    General form of a journal paper 

    Generally submission of a manuscript to a editorial requires to follow the below guidelines –
    To make paper readable-

    • Use a 12 point standard font, such as Times, Geneva, Bookman, Helvetica, etc for writing and printing.
    • Text should be double spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with 1 inch margins, single sided
    • Number the pages consecutively
    • Start each new section on a new page
    • Recommended the page limits
    Mistakes to avoid
    • Placing the heading at the bottom of a page with the following text on the next page (insert a page break!)
    • Dividing a table or figure – confine each figure/table to a single page
    • Submitting the paper with pages out of order

     
  • Rosaline 4:53 am on September 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What is a great PhD Dissertation? 

    First thing which should be kept in mind while opting for research is that the area and the topic you’ll choose should vast and it should open doors for future research.
    It should always leave an impact on the readers and the evaluators. They should get a question in their minds that, “When will somebody else will pick this topic of research?”
    It should also give an impact that the research has really changed a few things or the problem you chose, really need to be solved. Try to end your research with a question mark so the people look forward to more.
    In case your topic is too technical then you should try to make it a little accessible and understandable to others.. Keeping in mind all these points will surely help you get a great dissertation.

     
  • Rosaline 9:42 am on August 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Data Analysis and its types 

    Data Analysis is a process of inspecting and transforming data with the goal of discovering something useful and productive. It is done in a study on the basis of the survey to drive certain conclusions and take decisions. Below are some of its types –

    1. Descriptive – Least amount of efforts are put in this and is used to describe the main features of the data collected in qualitative manner.
    2. Exploratory – Under this method the data is analyzed to find previous unknown facts and define future studies and questions.
    3. Inferential – It is mainly used when the data size is too large.
    4. Predictive – Under this method the analysis is done on the basis of historical facts and studies.
    5. Causal – It is used to see the effect of change in one variable on another.
    6. Mechanistic – This type require most efforts and helps to understqand the exact changes in vatriables for individual objects.

     
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