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Some progress is made

Finally, we managed to get the HPLC up and running again (basically I managed to convince the technician to change the tubing to a different type), so I had my first run yesterday, which kept going till this morning. The results are still not totally there, but the R squared values are all higher than 0.9, and those that are low are due to known reasons. So that is a good thing. I should be getting back on the equipment next week for at least 2 days, so that is something to look forward to, and hopefully I can get some good results and progress to the next stage.

Today I also received the last of the comments from my supervisors about my literature review (received from 3 out of 5, which is the most I can expect at the moment: one is out on long-term sick leave and the other said he will see the next draft, which is better after all, because I would not have to join all comments together). That is on the agenda for next week too. Overall the comments were quite manageable. They should not involve too much work, and hopefully I can get through them in a week or so, since most involve removing certain sections, or particular quick to do word changes etc.

However, the supervisors suggested that I look at publishing my literature review, which is what is worrying me the most. They have asked me to suggest journals in which to publish my literature review, and I have no idea where to start looking. I have never published papers before in any journal, so I am at a bit of a loss. They talked about impact factors for the journals, and they said it should not be too low, but I do not want to aim too high. I also know that it is difficult to get literature reviews published, unless it is invited (which this certainly is not). We’ll see how things go.

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