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Dissertation vs journal article

Pertanyaan yang sering diajukan (FAQ), termasuk saat sesi “Science communication for graduate students” kemarin, dan jawaban dari penerbit favorit banyak orang (Elsevier):

Dalam hal, seseorang menulis makalah ilmiah yang bersumber dari kegiatan penelitian S3 setelah tesis/disertasi disampaikan (submitted) ke universitas. Apakah tesis/disertasi dianggap sebagai publikasi (prior publication)?

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Thesis vs papers: first things first

Berikut ini adalah beberapa hal yang pernah saya baca, saya dengar, dan ditanyakan oleh mahasiswa S3. Mungkin saya menulis dalam nada agak aneh, tapi jangan menyurutkan semangat ya. No urut diberikan tapi membacanya tidak harus urut.
1. Tanya: Siapakah yang akan membaca disertasi saya?
Jawab: selain anda, pembimbing, penguji, orangtua, mertua, istri, anak-anak. maka tidak akan ada lagi yang akan membaca buku disertasi anda. Jadi maksimum hanya 12 orang yang akan membaca buku warna biru gelap itu. Well mungkin tambah satu, pustakawan yang menerima disertasi, membaca covernya dan mencatatnya dalam daftar buku koleksi perpustakaan. Lebih jauh anda dapat membaca post ini.

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Visor your supervisor

Author: Dasapta Erwin Irawan
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One of the major role in your thesis is the role of your supervisor. Unfortunately supervisors are just like other ordinary persons who happen to have job and obligation to supervise your thesis work. So by referring them as persons, I meant they won’t be always at your side supporting you with a wide smile on their face. At many times you would find them just stood there with no instruction nor suggestions on how you do your thesis. So just bare with them, because they are one of your chance to get your degree.
Basically there are two types of supervisors, based on their time commitment:
  1. The busy ones: They are the kind you are likely to meet. 
  2. The not (yet) busy ones: They are mostly early time researchers at your uni. They would probably be the assistant of the busy one. If you have this kind as one of your supervisor, then you are lucky. But not for long, these early researchers won’t be staying not busy for long as they also find their way to upgrade their career.
Then if you divide them to how they like to communicate to their students, you would find the following two:
  1. The tech savvy ones: They can use technology in their work. This kind of supervisor uses emails, Skype sessions, and social medias to communicate their science as well as to reach out to their students. Opening pdfs, reading slides, compiling LaTEX script are not their biggest concern when dealing with you. Your research is number one. If you have this kind of supervisor. You are lucky, because they most likely can communicate with you whereever and whenever. A casual conversation might be their style, with a bit of a drawback for you, their messages can be sent in commong working hours. Unsuspected meeting place would also be one of your challenge to meet him or her, e.g: parking lot, airport, train station or even a dark alley. You must be aware 24/7. 
  2. The non tech savvy ones: at first you will have a major headache when dealing with this kind of supervisor. You would need to have a formal-conventional meeting with your supervisor. A structured notes and materials are probably your main asset. Your might need to copy him/her weekly meeting schedule to make an appointment. Prepare your explanation carefully and develop a note taking technique, as this supervisor may be a fast talker and have very limited time for you. A formal conversation would be their style. 

No matter which kind of supervisor you have, you must be a quick learner to adapt his or her style. Remember to develop your verbal and writing communication skill.

Good luck.

Thesis experiences


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Dear friends,

I was following a Facebook post from one of my student who had successfully passed his thesis exam. The next thing I remembered my own experience in 1998. That’s what? a century a go.  How was your exam?

Kalau lihat yang posting habis sidang, ingat dulu sidang di hari sabtu (jaman itu masih enam hari kerja). Kalau hari Sabtu, dosen-dosen (termasuk yang sudah GB) banyak yang hadir di jurusan. Akibatnya sembilan dosen nonton saya presentasi. Walaupun yang menilai hanya empat, tapi kedernya minta ampun karena ada Prof Kusumadinata, Prof Suyono dan Alm Prof Rubini.

WTF: Book vs thesis

unknown book

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This is how a book is defferent that a thesis (combined from various sources)

  • A book doesn’t actually need an original theory. It needs an original view point. So you can freely bring your own perspective.
  • A book has a broader (general) readers, so you have to provoke and engage them to read your book.
  • General book-readers are simply want to know what you’ve found out and what you think about it. Offcourse you need to include your references as a basis, but your readers will focus on what you’re saying.

So several sources recommend to do the following tasks:

  • remove all academic “scaffolding” and focus on your own opinion. Reduce scholarly aparatus.
  • reorganize to make it more interesting to read; refocus your story.
  • rewrite with more direct and personal voice: use first person story telling (I or We) and use active voice.