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Your first peer review experience might have been smooth, or it might have been diastrous. Regardless, it is one that has stuck with you as you advance in your academic…
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  • September 19, 2019
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My first peer review experience: It's hard to not take poor reviews personally
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About six years ago, when I became a university lecturer in Nigeria, I was suddenly faced with a difficult situation. I was forced to “publish or perish” in…
How I began to tango with peer review
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As a grad student with an invisible chronic illness, I have both the luxury and the misfortune of being able to blend in with everyone else. I go to the same classes. I…
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  • September 6, 2019
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I always had a hard time saying NO. Every time I did, it felt like a missed opportunity. I wish I had infinite time and say yes to all the cool opportunities I get. But…
I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and specific learning difficulties at the age of 32. In retrospect, it’s been something that I have really struggled with…
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  • July 8, 2019
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When I am feeling my most discouraged and whipped by this PhD I tend to start listing mentally, everything that has happened in my life over the past 2.5 years that have…
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  • July 8, 2019
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Arriving in the remote Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard was like crossing a threshold into my childhood dreams. The many books on polar exploration I devoured as a child…
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  • July 8, 2019
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My experience of obtaining two PhD fellowships after three years of waiting was very unique. Despite the long wait, I picked up several key lessons along the way. I’d…
The waiting period for a PhD fellowship was very frustrating. And what made the situation even more frightening was that, in addition to my immediate family, I was…
Two months after my wife commenced her PhD, I received two PhD fellowships. However, it took me three years to finally secure a place on a fully funded PhD program. Here…