The days and weeks pass so quickly by, and while I often think about blogging more, it is difficult to prioritise it. It keeps being bumped on my to-do list. The spring semester is always a little chaotic, and I´m already thinking that this year will be no exception.
However, one piece of news not too time consuming to blog about: my new research article has been published! Yay! I feel like celebrating this a little extra, because it has been the most difficult article I have yet written. I have written, and rewritten time and again, and I was on the verge of giving up when I finally got it accepted. This time, the process of writing articles really led me to think about my future as an author. I was frustrated at the seemingly endless rewrites, questioning my research skills, and at the same time still interested in what I wanted to say in my article. My heart pounded whenever I received feedback from the reviewers, the disappointment of every new revision, and the final relief to have it accepted.. this is too exhausting! … and yet.. I want to keep going. There must be something seriously wrong with me.. 🙂
If there is something I have learned this time round is that it is always better to plan ahead than to fix mistakes afterwords. Measure twice, cut once. It sounds so simple, but it is not always easy to anticipate the errors. I definitely see why phd students have a supervisor that can help them spot the problems before they occur. I wish I had one, even though I am not a phd student.
I think I´ll write a separate blog post about peer review, and trying to figure out what to do when the reviewers, not only disagree with each other, but directly contradict each other.
Anyway, my new article is about how first-year students in health sciences deal with information needs, and as it is an open access article, you can read it here: https://www.liberquarterly.eu/articles/10.18352/lq.10212/