I plan to start writing the next paper (or replying to reviewers’ comments and reworking the manuscript) whenever the draft of the previous one is done, so that I create a constant stream of writing, revising, sending to co-authors and submitting. Enlist some good co-authors Now that you have -hopefully- worked well with your thesis committee members, and implemented their advice to deliver the final draft of your dissertation, is there any part of your research that particularly benefited from their input?
If you are planning to write a paper on this topic, consider inviting this committee member to be a co-author.
I typically give my co-authors (maximum) a month to send their feedback.
The feedback is usually limited, so I might need just a morning to make a few changes, and then submit.
Two years past my thesis defense, I'm reaching the end of this process (with a number of papers published, a number in review and a few more to write). You might be changing jobs, moving to a different place/city/country, and these papers might start to slip to the back of your mind.
Take some time while your dissertation is still freshly printed, and ask yourself the following questions: Then, start planning paper by paper.
Depending on your institution's guidelines, you will either finish your Ph D by having a number of papers accepted for publication, or by writing a "big book"-style thesis.
This post is entirely aimed at those of us who spend months on end delivering a thesis of several hundreds of pages.
Eva Lantsoght (@evalantsoght) is an assistant professor in Civil Engineering at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador and a part-time researcher at the Concrete Structures research group of Delft University of Technology.
She blogs at Ph D Talk about her research and general academic topics.