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Curriculum Vitae Template – for the lazy writers

Posted by srinwantudey on May 17, 2009

Hi guys,

I have planned to write an article on how to write your academic CV since a long, but my hectic job schedules messes my activities in double velocity. I am just uploading a sample template of curriculum vitae, I have came acrossed recently, covering almost all the aspects nicely. You can change accordingly after extract the essence of how to write an academic  CV. Well for the very lazy writers (like me) the template is being served hot and you need to just take your spoon (read pen)and mount it up!

Download Link:Academic-CV-Template

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Peer – Reviewing! Give your profile an edge

Posted by srinwantudey on March 28, 2009

As we all know, publications are the foremost components of concern for the Graduate Office. If you have bagged one or two of them, forget about your poor GRE score or wretched undergraduate CGPA. It shows your ability to research, potential of inquisitive mind and enough enthusiasm to contribute in research fields. I have already discussed how to get some publication under your belt. Though it consists of a shadow outline but if you follow the course, success will not be far beyond. But, the dry reality is that, getting yourself published is a damn hard task.

Simply, I need to answer why to grab a publication is hard enough job. The first and foremost reason behind that is most of us do not possess proper writing skills which are adequate enough to be selected by an international journal. Remember, paper manuscripts are not a place to be decorated by ramp of pompous words. Your degree of perspective, explanatory power and in-depth analysis are the foremost concerns for the editors. Secondly, you need to have a good reputation to get published. By good reputation, I mean to say if you possess any prior publication or any contribution to that journal or any research experience under well known professor. Of course, an extra ordinary research paper need not strictly follow the aforesaid convention.

If you dream to crack the top spot schools, you must have start boosting your profile from your undergraduate days. And here you can find Peer Reviewing is a good alternative or option to grow your career. Trust me it really carries much weight if your curriculum vitae shows you are a Peer reviewer of an esteemed international journal. You might ask about the benefits you can get being a peer reviewer. Of course, you will be benefited a lot. Peer reviewing is a must for every research scholar. As I discussed already, among the Indian students, most of them lacks proper scientific writing skills (do not take it harshly if you are not fallen in this category). Thus, getting published is so hard for us. If you really want to improve your writing skills, get involved in peer reviewing is a master stroke.

Peer reviewing allows you to seat in a virtual chair of the Editor. You can learn, a standard journal seeks which qualities within a submitted paper. Literally, you will slowly learn all the methods to answer common questions by the advisory board while evaluating a research manuscript. Along with this, being a peer reviewer you will be able to review several papers submitted by different scholars or students. This is the best chance to learn the skills of writing by reading other’s papers. You should have acquired the skills of analysis of a subject from different perspective. You will learn how to organize a paper or continue a research work and blah blah blah. You will be beneficiary in more than one dimension. The rest work lies to incorporate the acquired knowledge in your research and preparing manuscript to produce a quality research paper. Peer-reviewing is a perfect path towards a better writer because it provides experience in looking critically at writing.

The journals which encourage peer reviewing often called as Scholarly journal and the peer reviewers often called as referees. Please follow the flow diagram furnished below to know how a peer reviewed journal works.

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                To become a peer reviewer you must have follow some rules. As I have not sufficient experience to give you sound concept about peer review, I have furnished below excerpts from www.io.com. Have a look on the following.

 

When you peer-review other people’s writing, remember above all that you should consider all aspects of that writing, not just—in fact, least of all—the grammar, spelling, and punctuation. If you are new to peer-reviewing, you may forget to review the draft for certain aspects:

Make sure that your review is comprehensive. Consider all aspects of the draft you’re reviewing, not just the grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Read the draft several times, looking for a complete range of potential problem areas:

1.       Interest level, adaptation to audience

2.       Persuasiveness, purpose

3.       Content, organization

4.       Clarity of discussion

5.       Coherence, use transition

6.       Title, introduction, and conclusion.

7.       Sentence style and clarity

8.       Handling of graphics

Be careful about making comments or criticisms that are based on your own personal style. Base your criticisms and suggestions for improvements on generally accepted guidelines, concepts, and rules. If you do make a comment that is really your own preference, explain it. Explain the problems you find fully. Don’t just say a paper “seems disorganized.” Explain what is disorganized about it. Use specific details from the draft to demonstrate your case. Whenever you criticize something in the writer’s draft, try to suggest some way to correct the problem. It’s not enough to tell the writer that her paper seems disorganized, for example. Explain how that problem could be solved.

Base your comments and criticisms on accepted guidelines, concepts, principles, and rules. It’s not enough to tell a writer that two paragraphs ought to be switched, for example. State the reason why: more general, introductory information should come first, for example, avoid rewriting the draft that you are reviewing. In your efforts to suggest improvements and corrections, don’t go overboard and rewrite the draft yourself. Doing so steals from the original writer the opportunity to learn and improve as a writer. Find positive, encouraging things to say about the draft you’re reviewing. Compliments, even small ones, are usually wildly appreciated. Read through the draft at least once looking for things that were done well, and then let the writer know about them.

 Back to me! It would be great if you find a peer review spot in your undergraduate career. But who have completed those days, need not panic. The whole Masters career is left for you. I would like to advise you to ask your mentor or professors to involve you in the process. There are several student run journals where, peer reviewing is highly appreciated. You should contact the chief editors for opportunities. Trust me, you will get one. Please check the link to get list of peer reviwed journal of different field. http://www.csa.com/factsheets/supplements/paispeer.php

Wishing you a very best of luck.

 

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Art of Application – 3: How to get publication under belt!

Posted by srinwantudey on March 15, 2009

 Hi,

I am not intended to write about this so early. But one of the reader  – a student from NIT Trichy – asked me to furnish about this issue. Well, it is a hard core fact that the Universities are always searching for research experiences and publication. A good publication in some international journal put you way ahead even if you have a wretched GRE score.

My views, concerns or advise what ever may be regarding this are followes below:

  1. Approach a Professor you know: This is one of the safest way to publish a paper. Ask one of your professor (well known of course), that you want to learn something on his field (that obviously belongs to yours also) and want to assist him at his research works. Do not tell him at first about your desire to publish a paper. It has some negative impacts. Then convince him that you are such a great learner by working diligently and if all goes well, this assistantship eventually could have leaded towards publication. Having an renowned professor at the forefront has some real advantages if acceptance of paper is concerned.  It will be your learning phase. But make sure that, you shouldn’t become the 3rd or 4th author of the paper (though remember something is always better than nothing).
  2. Publish at your own:  Another thing you can do, searching for opportunities. There are many international societies are there who advertise the ‘call for paper’ agenda with writing requisite quite a before their annual conference. You should have an eye on them. My friend was asking for VLSI based publication. I had some information about this years VLSI conferences, but  the submission deadlines for most of them are over already. Still have a look on them for brief ideas about the societies, time lines and writing criteria. Just remember one thing renowned journals always ask papers quite few months before final announcement, even a year ago also. So, schedule yourself accordingly.
    • http://vlsidat.itri.org.tw/2009/eDm/SecondCall/  (Try to search the main websites for more information)
    • The most important questions arise here, how we can know about this agenda’s? Well, it’s true, being an student with hectic schedule tracking each and every organisations’ activities are quite a tough task. I don’t know whether it goes true for you or not (I was a lethargic person by default). Those who fall in my category, can use Google. Search intelligently to get latest agendas. Say, if some one searching for Data Mining opportunity can search by “Data Mining + Call for Paper” phrase. It works generally. I will try as much as I can posting here these kind of scopes.
  3. If Not Succeeded: If you don’t find any professor to guide you or your paper is being rejected time to time, please don’t loose heart. Acceptance rate of papers are very feeble (please have a look over these pages to get an idea over the acceptance rates: http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~almeroth/conf/stats/,  http://research.iiit.ac.in/~chraghu/files/acceptrate.htm), so please don’t assume, you don’t possess any potential. It’s all about luck and experience matters. The advantage for you that, whenever you prepare and submit a paper you will learn something (forget about the chances of acceptance). No attempt goes fruitless (seniors please correct me if I am wrong). Try to find any volunteer attachment with some well known society or organisation and try to learn the art of writing from them while volunteering. You can grow your contact network from there also. Remember that this scholars are very helpful. Or what you can do, try writing articles (review, editorial etc) on student journals (they often ask for that) and make your CV strong as writer and gain some confidence and backing. These sort of activities (if they are continuous) often impressed the judgement makers when neck n neck fight is being expected. 

I am also a component of this journey. I used to voluntarily contribute for ACM. My efficiency impressed them a lot, and  I was appointed as one of the On-line Editor of the prestigious student journal “ACM Crossroad”. The board president (a great guy from Stanford University), used to review and rectify my articles whenever he gets time. Such a nice learning experience I am gaining there. Just don’t worry about short term goals, if you have enough quality, motivation, confidence and a strong  urge for learning (non-commercially), you don’t need to seek for opportunities later on. Opportunities will follow you.

 

UPDATE:   Download Writer’s Guideline issued by Computer Society of India. Remember each organisation has their own parameters. It is just a sample for you to understand the very basic criteria to write. Click below to view the pdf.

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Srinwantu

**(I would like to request seniors to comment on this post. It may be totally misfit as these are based on only my personal experiences)

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WikiMania 2009: Call for Partcipation Announced

Posted by srinwantudey on March 15, 2009

 

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Hi all,
A good oportunity to show your guts! This year’s WikiMania conference will be held from August 26-28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at San Martín Cultural Center and the WikiMedia Foundation has announced the Call For Participation.

The types of partcipation are as followes:

  1. Presentations 
  2. Workshops 
  3. Panels
  4. Open space discussions 
  5. Posters 
  6. Artistic works 

Important Dates
Submissions will open on: March 1
Deadline for submitting workshop, panel, and presentation submissions: April 15
Deadline for submitting posters, open space discussions, and artistic works: April 30
Notification of acceptance of workshops, panels, presentations: May 15
Notification of acceptance of posters, discussions, and artistic works: May 31
Conference dates: August 26-28

Please visit http://wikimania2009.wikimedia.org/wiki/Call_for_Participation for more information. Do not miss this opportunity, show your creativity at this international platform.

Searching For Partner:

Hi,

This is my sincere request from me to all the readers, if any one is interested to collaborating with me to participate at this aforesaid conference, please feel free to contact me. We can enjoy the game and surely gain wide exposure and experience.

Waiting for your replies.

Srinwantu

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Free domain name!

Posted by srinwantudey on March 13, 2009

Hi guys,

I have a brief bunch of info which we can really capitalize. These days professionalism is a must. People will appreciate you if you have a website of your own. Even while applying if you communicate with professors, it will be more impacting if you put up all your credentials like resume, field of interests, papers & publications or scanned copy of certificates on your own website. These definitely doesn’t guarantee admission but you can make your position slightly respected. But it’s very hard to find a proper domain name. The .com or .net domain names do not come free of charges. We need to rent them for an year at least, which is a tough task for the students even for employees.  The free website providers always provides a crappy web address which is really hard to remember and makes a very commercial effects on the visitors. Which is not at all expected.

Well, I find a littile solution. We can easily have a free domain name http://www.”something”.co.cc after registering at http://www.co.cc/. The great thing is that this domain has some special services which includes Manage Name Servers, Zone Records and URL forwarding. Better if you host our site at some free web providers space and use the web forwarding service to redirect your chosen domain name at .co.cc server to the the hosted site. It avoids the commercial long web paths.

I would like to request readers to provide links of more free domain names to build a healthy database. 

UPDATE: Go to http://www.freedomain.co.nr/ for another good URL redirect service.

Srinwantu

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