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6 hours ago, Kylar said:

Is it useful to send something that's already published and publicly available?

I did! And depending on length you can always send a portion of it. I sent in a report I had done that was basically thesis in length (like 70) pages. So I just sent the literature review with a cover page that said something along the lines of "this is an excerpt from a larger body of work, for the full report please see blank blank blank" and put a citation to follow.

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On the topic of submitting writing samples, how disadvantageous is it to submit things that aren't quite related to your research interest?

I have two first-author publications, reporting on psychiatric and cognitive changes in prodromal dementia. Neither relate to my interest (forensics) but I would still like to submit one of these published works, since I have no publications or writing samples relating to forensics.  Has anyone been in a similar position?

 

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7 hours ago, Gaya3C said:

On the topic of submitting writing samples, how disadvantageous is it to submit things that aren't quite related to your research interest?

I have two first-author publications, reporting on psychiatric and cognitive changes in prodromal dementia. Neither relate to my interest (forensics) but I would still like to submit one of these published works, since I have no publications or writing samples relating to forensics.  Has anyone been in a similar position?

 

I just skyped with one of my recommenders about this. He mentioned that the writing sample is more to get a sense of your writing capabilites and how you structure your arguments. Best would be if you had a piece of academic writing in the field youre applying to, but it shouldn't stop you from sending any writing that you think was interesting to you and showcases your abilities well

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