I don't understand why peer-review journal should continue to exist! Longtime ago, all scientific and great discoveries came out without peer-reviewed journals!
Did Mandel, Darwin, Einstein, Newton,...and so on, publish their research in peer-reviewed journals?
So, why should we support the capitalist publishing policy to make them more and more rich?
Publishing is becoming business issue, not to publish scientific results!
I am an ardent supporter for the open publishing and eliminate the peer-reviewed policy!
Knowledge should be free and available to everyone without constraints!
To continue the thread hijack.....re completion times and differences between......
I guess it depends how you look at it.
PhDs here in Aus don't involve any course work or lab rotations (which I have heard happens in other countries?? for a year or more??)- which means you start on your PhD research straight away.
And yes you don't need a masters to get in- but you do need an honours year at the end of your degree (an extra research year on top of your bachelor degree) with a good mark (or a REALLY good mark if you want a scholarship too). In Australia, in science research at least, masters degrees aren't really all that useful so most people wouldn't bother doing one.
I actually think it doesn't make it easier because its shorter. You still need to complete the same amount of work to get your PhD.
PhD theses are examined by people from all over the globe, so the amount of work that is accepted as reasonable to grant a PhD is independent of where or how long it takes you to do it.
I've also heard that in countries where it can take as many as 8 years to complete a PhD, that sometimes (or actually I heard often) the supervisors keep telling the student that they don't have enough and just need this result or that experiment or whatever to keep them going in the lab as free labour- when really they do have enough to write up.
But I think the true test is how well regarded the PhD degree is when going for jobs- if it really was easier, and therefore inferior in countries that have shorter PhD completion times, then surely they would not be as readily hired around the globe? And, correct me if I am wrong, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
From my own personal experience, having walked away from a "perfectly good job" that was making me unhappy others will understand and be willing to take a chance on you.
However, this means that your friend needs to have some sense of self-worth left to be able to sell herself to someone else and to make a case for why she left her current PhD position. She will need to do this as objectively and without emotion as she can. This will be extremely difficult and it may require her to have a break from science for a little while to get over it.
I'm just going to come in from left field here and I'm not sure if this will apply to your friend or not.
I would encourage her to go and speak to someone else in her Department if there is another supervisor she feels more comfortable with. They may have some words of advice and encouragement. If that is not an option, then perhaps a University counselling service or careers counsellor.
I have personally dealt with nastiness and bullying during my time as a post-doc and left one position because of it. In my view, my mental health was more important than whatever consequences were going to come from leaving that job.
She might be able to get someone else in the Department (or even another Department or another university) to take her on half-way through, particularly if she has a scholarship that is not dependent on who her PI is or what Department she is in. She potentially could talk to her PI about completing her project in another lab because she is uncomfortable with the people in her own lab or come up with a crazy new collaboration idea that requires her to work in another lab or with someone else.
I hope she is able to figure out a solution that makes her happier than she is now.
Is just like getting a driving license, I got a friend who graduated as a medical doctor but however failed 4 times in his exam for getting a driving license.
Getting a good CGPA doesn't always correlates with good lab hands on techniques. To be good in your project, this requires your dedication and learning from the experienced. It is not a shame for not being do good in the beginning, everyone learn it from multiple failures. You should be glad that there are postdocs to guide you. Just imagine you work in a lab where you have to start and learn everything on your own...once you experienced that you will be grateful on how lucky you are.
No such thing as idiotic mistake. I even seen some smart-alex graduated student autoclaved the whole bunch of newly purchased "autoclave tapes" before use it which makes me fainted on the spot. I myself even used to forget adding primers in my PCR reaction.... but then, who doesn't make any mistakes?
You will never succeed by giving up early. Unless if you said that you hate the project or working environment then it is a total different story.