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Revise and resubmit a PhD thesis: can be done in three months?


User: Puning - 14 April 2022 03:37

Dear mates,

I got 12 months to revise and resubmit, but I plan to do it in 3 months. My question is if I re-submit after three months, will examiners feel that my revision is not enough and have a bias on me?

Many thanks for your advice.

User: abababa - 14 April 2022 23:57

Honestly (as an examiner/chair) - yes.

This does not mean they will not be objective. The presumption you need to address when sending a written document noting the corrections/actions taken, is that you rushed them. Usually, when a panel issues majors (which would be typical, if you have 12 months) is that the conclusion is that there is a significant problem but it can be fixed within the timeframe stipulated, based on a normal working pattern.

The long and short of it is, you should be very confident you've addressed the points raised in the R&R fully, and with careful consideration. The vast majority of PhD examiners have no interest in failing a student, but if they suggested a 12 month correction period would be suitable, and you claim to have done it in 3, it will naturally attract more attention to whether you've genuinely addressed the problems or glossed over them.

User: Puning - 15 April 2022 01:46

Many thanks, Abababa.

User: sb6789 - 21 April 2022 16:34

Dear Puning,

I personally think that three months to address major revisions for R&R is sufficient as examiners might think that you rushed through them rather than taking the time to engage thoroughly with their points. Sometimes after submitting your major revisions you could get another set of corrections to complete (for 3 months). Resubmitting your thesis is not the end of the journey so you should keep that in mind and preserve some energy for that.

All the best

User: Puning - 22 April 2022 10:42

Thanks so much, sb6789.
Actually, I read from the previous posts that other mates have gone some trouble time after getting the R&R outcomes before starting the revision. And I feel poor for myself. I didn't let me get in down mood even after the viva. I tried to be in positive mood and started revising immediately. Nearly finished now after working on the revision 12 to 16 hours a day😑
Happy weekend🥂

User: sb6789 - 22 April 2022 13:01

Dear Puning,

It's a good thing that you are working hard on your revisions to keep things going.
Sometimes you will not get the examiners joint report until after a few weeks.

From my personal experience, I had a brutal viva and was terribly shocked the receive the R&R outcome. It affected me so much and I was devastated, to be honest for the next two weeks. I couldn't focus on anything. So my advice to you is to ignore the negative feelings and stay away from people who make you feel that you have failed.
Work hard to finish your revisions and keep in contact with your supervisors.

You're getting closer to the PhD award so hang in there!

All the best

User: Puning - 22 April 2022 16:46

Thanks for sharing, sb6789. Yes, I'm trying.
All the best to you, too.