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Crafting your Research Future

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What is it like to be a researcher or a scientist? For young people, including graduate students and junior faculty members in universities, how can they identify good ideas for research? How do they conduct solid research to verify and realize their new ideas? How can they formulate their ideas and research results into high-quality articles, and publish them in highly competitive journals and conferences? What are effective ways to supervise graduate students so that they can establish themselves quickly in their research careers? In this book, Ling and Yang answer these questions in a step-by-step manner with specific and concrete examples from their first-hand research experience. Table of Contents: Acknowledgments / Preface / Basics of Research / Goals of Ph.D. Research / Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans / Conducting Solid Research / Writing and Publishing Papers / Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing / Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis / Life After Ph.D. / Summary / References / Author Biographies

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Abstract
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Preface
  8. 1. Basics of Research
    1. 1.1  What Is Research?
    2. 1.2  Who Are Researchers and Who Are Not?
    3. 1.3  What Do Researchers Do?
    4. 1.4  What Skills and Abilities Are the Most Important for Researchers?
    5. 1.5  What Are Some Pros and Cons of Being Researchers?
    6. 1.6  So, How Do I Become a Researcher?
    7. 1.7  What Are the Differences between a Master’s and Ph.D. Thesis?
    8. 1.8  How to Find a Suitable Supervisor for Ph.D. Study
    9. 1.9  How Long Does It Take to Get My Ph.D. Degree?
    10. 1.10  Three Representative Graduate Students
  9. 2. Goals of Ph.D. Research
    1. 2.1  Goal #1: Be the Best in the Field
    2. 2.2  Goal #2: Be Independent
    3. 2.3  Three Key Tasks for Getting a Ph.D. (and Master’s) Degree
    4. 2.4  The Milestones of Getting a Ph.D. Degree
    5. 2.5  Distractions to the Goals
  10. 3. Getting Started: Finding New Ideas and Organizing Your Plans
    1. 3.1  Your First Year
    2. 3.2  How to Find Relevant Papers (Literature Search)
    3. 3.3  How to Read Papers
    4. 3.4  Where to Get New Ideas
    5. 3.5  From Ideas to Research and Thesis Topic
    6. 3.6  How Do I Know If I Am on the Right Track?
    7. 3.7  Setting Up a Plan for Ph.D. Thesis Early
    8. 3.8  Learning to Organize Papers and Ideas Well
  11. 4. Conducting Solid Research
    1. 4.1  An Overview of a Research Process
    2. 4.2  Jim Gray’s Criteria
    3. 4.3  The Research Matrix Method
    4. 4.4  Carrying Out Your Research
    5. 4.5  Brand Yourself
    6. 4.6  Empirical vs. Theoretical Research
    7. 4.7  Team Work and Multi-Disciplinary Research
  12. 5. Writing and Publishing Papers
    1. 5.1  “Publish or Perish”
    2. 5.2  Why Publishing Top-Quality Papers Is Hard
    3. 5.3  What Makes a Great Paper?
    4. 5.4  A Few Untold Truths about Research Papers
    5. 5.5  The Roles of You, Your Supervisor, and Proofreader
    6. 5.6  Supervisors: How to Improve Your Students’ Writing Most Effectively
    7. 5.7  Where to Submit: Conference or Journals?
    8. 5.8  How Are Full-Length Conference Papers Reviewed?
    9. 5.9  How Are Journal Papers Reviewed?
  13. 6. Misconceptions and Tips for Paper Writing
    1. 6.1  “It’s So Obvious that Our Paper Is Great”
    2. 6.2  “It Is Your Responsibility to Understand My Paper”
    3. 6.3  The 10/30 Test
    4. 6.4  Top-Down Refinement of Papers
    5. 6.5  Create a Hierarchy of Subsections and Choose Section Titles Carefully
    6. 6.6  Tips for Paper Writing
      1. 6.6.1  Use Certain Words to Signal Readers
      2. 6.6.2  Use Simple Sentences, But Not Simpler
      3. 6.6.3  Use a Small Set of Terms Throughout the Paper
      4. 6.6.4  Use Examples Early and Use Them Throughout the Paper
      5. 6.6.5  Use Figures, Diagrams, Charts, Photos, Tables
      6. 6.6.6  Write about Your Motivations and Justifications
      7. 6.6.7  Pose Potential Questions and Answer Them Yourself
      8. 6.6.8  Emphasize and Reiterate Key Points in Your Paper
      9. 6.6.9  Make Connections Throughout the Paper
      10. 6.6.10  Format Papers for Easy Reading
    7. 6.7  Other Misconceptions and Flaws
    8. 6.8  Summary
  14. 7. Writing and Defending a Ph.D. Thesis
    1. 7.1  Thesis and Dissertation
    2. 7.2  Thesis Organization: Top Down or Bottom Up
    3. 7.3  Defending Your Thesis
  15. 8. Life After Ph.D.
    1. 8.1  A Day In the Life of a Typical Professor
    2. 8.2  Applying for Research Grants
    3. 8.3  Technology Transfer
  16. Summary
  17. References
  18. Author Biographies