You are allowed to think for a moment that this is glamorous.
Now you will remember the title of this post. And you think, surely no one takes 5 years to publish a paper (dissertations don't count).
Five and a half years ago I went to Argentina with BYU's nursing program.
While I was there I interviewed women at the maternity hospital about their eating habits during pregnancy and their views on nutrition. Easy enough. I figured I'd have my research published within a year.
Then I hit a few snags.
Problem #1: Camber's husband
I got engaged within a few months of returning to America. Then I got married.
No further explanation required.
Problem #2: Camber's Spanish skills
My Spanish comprehension, while perfect when listening to other gringos speak Spanish, is paltry when speaking to native Argentine women from the countryside with several missing teeth. (Yes, they lose their teeth young down there). When I sat down to translate the tapes later on, I realized I had no idea what the heck any of them were saying.
Just a glitch.
So I hired a native speaker to translate them for me, and let me tell you, that was the best-spent $80 of my life.
With my tapes effectively translated, I figured it was smooth sailing from then on.
Except for Problem #3: Camber's attention span
I'm pretty sure I wrote this paper in 5-10 minute spurts. I usually sat down dutifully at the computer and then remembered a pressing duty somewhere else. Like the dishes. And the books on the shelves that really needed to be alphabetized. And why not get around to organizing the cosmetics while I was at it?
No deadlines. No pressure. No bueno.
And then, Problem #4: Camber's publisher
Turns out, publishing takes forever. This is how it goes:
Step 1) Turn in your paper. Wait 4-6 months. Forget you ever wrote it. Hear back, "We'll publish this...maybe."
Step 2) Make the proposed changes. Wait 4-6 months. Forget you ever wrote it. Hear back, "We'll publish this...maybe." Make another set of changes for problems they apparently didn't notice the first time.
Repeat two more times.
And at last, this link to the journal article.
Glamorous? Not exactly. But we all benefitted from fewer dishes.
Through all this, my greatest asset was Erin Maughan, my mentor. Without her this never would have happened. No, really, without her, this never would have happened. After a few months of stalling I'd get a gentle email, "Camber, I really think this paper is worth publishing. What can I do to help you?"
And just for fun, 2 more pictures from Argentina. Because it was really, really fun there.
|Doing what nurses do. Poking small children.|
|Hang-gliding. What was I thinking?|