niftydigits Posted November 16, 2020 Share Posted November 16, 2020 (edited) I just finished a three-year undergraduate degree in the UK, which was marred pretty significantly by clinical depression (graduated with a beyond lowly 3.0, if I were to convert my grades to the American GPA system). I'm taking this year off for my mental health, but I still do hope to do an MA and a PhD afterwards. I realize, though, that my application will be severely disadvantaged by my previous grades (although I do at least have documentary evidence to show for my condition). There's a lot I'm going to have to do to make up ground and demonstrate that those grades don't define me. One part of that that I've heard emphasized a lot is publications. Now I've been mulling an idea for a research article in my field of interest (comparative) for some time now. I've done some research on the topic and am fairly confident it's fertile ground and all, plus very timely to boot. But what exactly do people mean when they talk about publications w/r/t their applications? I'm asking because I see my article (by which I mean a paper that would likely be around the same length, at 25-30 pages, as one written by an academic, not like a 3000 word term paper or something) potentially standing a chance in a decent undergraduate/graduate journal of some sort, either something specifically in the field of PolSci (like the LSE Undergraduate Politics Review, for instance, or Columbia's Journal of Politics and Society) or a more interdisciplinary one that covers the social sciences generally, but if what people mean is getting published in a 100% legit, respected academic journal, I think that would be a task of a whole different order. Edited November 16, 2020 by niftydigits New_Frequency 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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