Well after waiting 3 months for my article to go to review in the last journal I submitted it to (I withdrew after 13 months because, I was bored of waiting for nothing), I submitted to Oryx and it has now been listed as going into review...4 days after I submitted. A brief glimpse of Karmic realignment? I will tell you in 13 months give or take 4 days!
My plans for a PhD project are slowly coming to fruition, after a lot of help from friends I am slowly managing to whittle away the issues and form a well thought out project proposal. Funding is the biggest issue, how am I supposed to work out the cost of research I have never done at a location I have never done!! Its a thinker thats for sure! But the benefits of being able to do my own topic are never ending and I did actually manage to cut 12k pounds out of my initial cost estimate. The initial cost estimate being a load of tripe, where I completely over estimated the cost of everything and assumed being financially prepared was a good look in academia..... WRONG! I should have listened to my inner Yorkshire man and been as close to the mark as possible!! This is conservation boys and girls!! be cheap, as cheap as possible!! And then steal off your friends so you can be even cheaper, a few traps here and a few cameras there, no worries!
Anyway, heres hoping
As you may or may not know. I submitted my 1st ever paper, thats right! 1st ever paper in January of 2014. For those of you who understand the importance of this, I am sure you appreciate the importance of this day, for those who don't well you know where the door is.... However, was not good in the land of academia. I sat and I waited, all through Thailand I waited. I got back from Thailand to find that I had finally gone into review. So I continued to wait, and wait again. I went to Central America and still I waited. I then sent a polite email asking about the progress of my publication, I received an exceptionally rude response, so I decided to go back to waiting. I waited all through Namibia. My second author emailed, he was fobbed off. So we waited some more.
We waited through Christmas Island, my 2nd emailed again in January. No response. So we threatened to leave, we received reply emails but nothing came of that. So yesterday, the camels back was broken by the massive straw of unresponsive editors! I formerly withdrew my paper. Only to receive an ackowledgement email less than 14 hours later, typical!
Now Nicholson, Hassall and Frazier (2015) is free to wander the plains of academia to find another new journal to settle down in.... Hopefully for a permanent home, before it gets shot through the head and consumed by vultures (metaphor has gone astray).
I am also finally typing up my findings from Thailand and hopefully my second paper should be submitted in the next few weeks!