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Proposal and Journal Writing Experiences from the perspective of a graduate student. Outline for Today. Walk through a 3 year proposal example Received funding Share experiences in writing journal articles Discuss how to properly review journal articles from my perspective.

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proposal and journal writing experiences from the perspective of a graduate student

Proposal and Journal Writing Experiences from the perspective of a graduate student

outline for today
Outline for Today
  • Walk through a 3 year proposal example
    • Received funding
  • Share experiences in writing journal articles
  • Discuss how to properly review journal articles from my perspective
proposal writing its tedious
Proposal Writing – its tedious!
  • Process will be long, but worth it
  • Typically takes on the order of weeks to a few months
    • Dependent upon the duration of the proposal call you are after
    • Will take several iterations to get things as perfectly written as possible.
  • Know your audience and your limitations
    • i.e., balance showing what you know and what would be common sense to the review board
    • Do not try to propose more work than you can handle
outlining the proposal
Outlining the Proposal
  • Dependent upon page limitations
  • Should have the following
    • Abstract
    • Introduction to the problem
    • Related Work
    • Proposed Work and Technical Approach
    • Milestones, Deliverables, Responsibilities
    • Relation to organization proposing toward
    • Current and Pending
    • References
    • Budget Explanation
    • Letters of support from partners – when necessary
proposal sent in what s next
Proposal sent in, what’s next
  • Waiting is the hardest part…
    • This can take several months to up to a year in some cases
    • Need to be proactive if you have not heard from the funding organization to touch base and see how far along your proposal is in the system
  • The review
    • Constructive criticism will be provided when your proposal returns
    • Be prepared to trim your budget
experiences writing journal articles
Experiences Writing Journal Articles
  • Key points when writing a journal article are:
    • Targeting the correct journal
      • Audience, budget, turn around period
    • Is this research new and contributive to the science?
    • How much content should we provide?
      • 1 article vs 2?
    • What are the authors we should include? What order?
    • What format will you write your article in? Is there a template?
      • e.g., Word, LaTeX, etc.

AMS:

http://www.ametsoc.org/pubs/journals/submitmanuscript.html

AGU:

http://www.agu.org/pubs/authors/manuscript_tools/journals/manuscript_prep.shtml

NWA:

http://www.nwas.org/digest/instructions.php

handling reviews
Handling Reviews
  • Reviewers will be critical of you work, so what is the best way to handle critical reviews?
  • How do I go about responding to reviews?
  • What time frame can I expect the re-reviews to come back?
review examples i have received seen
Review Examples I have received/seen…
  • This is a great paper, but here are several things that are still missing.
  • After careful consideration I regret to inform you that your topic does not present a significant enough advance in geophysics for this journal.
    • Did not even get to reviewers in this case
  • Two of the reviewers accept work with minor revisions, but the editor and the third reviewer give you a major revisions notice
    • Editor then sends you a journal article on how to write good journal articles
review examples i have seen
Review Examples I have seen…
  • Reviewer A and C like your work, Reviewer B rejects your work, the editor brings in two more reviewers and Reviewer D accepts as is and reviewer E rejects it.
  • What do you do here?
reviewing articles
Reviewing Articles
  • Typically start to receive reviews once you’ve published one journal article
  • Multi layered system
    • Chief Editor
      • Editors
        • Associate editors
          • Reviewers
    • Any type of editor position is either appointed or invited
reviewing articles1
Reviewing Articles
  • Read through them at least twice, with some time period between your reviews. This allows you to:
    • Think about their approach
    • Consider suggestions for improving the research
    • Consider professional and constructive responses to the points you might have issues with in their manuscript
  • If you are young in your career you probably want to remain an anonymous reviewer.