Benchmark with your peers: Q&A with a prolific PhD Fellow
February 18, 2013 2 Comments
Arsalan Mujahid Ghouri is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia. Previously, He has been working as lecturer and independent researcher. At the present, Arsalan is working as research team member in a project granted by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. His research interests are marketing practices and data analysis. Arsalan is a prolific fellow: has produced 39 publications (3 monographs+36 research papers) in 8 different countries in two and a half years.
Gaudeamus. How do you manage your time to do research?
Arsalan Mujahid Ghouri. Maybe its difficult to find time for research for others, but in this case, gym, jogging, sleeping, research… working could be included in my hobby list. I devote 6-8 hours daily to some kind of research.
G. What drives you to publishing in journals?
AMG. Initially, when I start thinking about writing a research paper, I felt it impossible. But in first attempt, my paper took 4 revisions and accepted in around 2 years in Saudia Arabia. That was my starting and turning point, and after I got 4-5 publications, people recognize me as researcher and writer, which drives me to do more research work and help others.
G. How do you choose the journals where to publish?
AMG. My first preference is quality of published articles, indexing and the country of journal.
G. How many articles do you publish a year? Do you have any pressure to publish?
AMG. As being PhD candidate, the requirement is to publish 2 articles in PhD tenure. I’ve 39 publications (3 monographs + 36 research articles) in 8 different countries in 3 years.
G. You are editor of some open access journals, what is your motivation to do it as an academic?
AMG. Basically this is the aspect of my life which I never think about. This is a privilege for me as an associate editor of four different journals and reviewer for two journals. Maintaining a journal is an achievement for an academician, working as a driver for me to keep on this work.
G. What advice would you give to novel researchers regarding publishing in journals?
AMG. Produce a paper or thesis is a learning and slow process. According to me, a person need five different skills to write a paper/ thesis.
- 1st, Try to be fine to prove your point for conducting research,
- 2nd Develop techniques in searching and extracting the related material from the Internet/ libraries and research articles,
- 3rd Become an expert in statistics and applications,
- 4th Make an effort to interprete the scenario you face after getting results,
- 5th Try to become an advisor which can dig out key advices/ findings from the interpretations.
I am still a learner, and I’ll suggest that don’t be in hurry to get expertise in five above discussed skills, be patient, take your time, practice will gonna make you perfect…