Q: Can I re-submit an updated research paper in an international journal if it has got once rejected in the same journal?
Krishna: Yes, you can, provided you have satisfactorily addressed all the issues raised during the rejection process.
Q: Can researchers be objective?
Krishna: Researchers are human beings too. So their minds can take the wrong route sometimes.
I did research in both science and art and published papers in both the subjects. Depending on my experience, this is what I think is true…
In in the field of art, even if you are not objective, it doesn’t matter. To be honest, I wasn’t objective sometimes. I had the freedom to go anyway I wanted. But still my papers got accepted and published!
However, scientific method puts a tight leash on the minds of researchers in science. If you are not objective, you cannot go very far in science. You certainly cannot publish papers.
Therefore, I think science is neutral most of the time while arriving at facts and I trust it more than anything else because of this nature of science.
Q: Who should be a first author in a scientific publication?
Krishna: It should be the person who did the most significant work.
But sometimes the advisers or institute heads are made the first authors which I think is not correct.
After the first author, the subsequent authors are usually listed as per their contribution to the research, starting with the one who contributed the most to the least. However, sometimes multiple authors may have contributed equally, in which case the order of author names does not matter.
Q: What do you do to get your focus back in the lab?
Krishna: This question itself sounds ominous ( giving the worrying impression that something unfavourable is going to happen).
I am talking about scientific research here. Several Nobel laureates’ advice to those who are about to enter the research field :
Go into science if you are curious and have passion for it. If not, find something else!
If you are curious and passionate about science, you don’t need separate modes of motivation because you won’t lose focus in the first place. Your mind will have those special characters that will have you in their tight grip.
If you are not curious and passionate, even though you get motivation from outside or from your own tutored self, research will be substandard and you lose interest very soon.