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Obtaining a Doctoral degree is one level of #credibility that any Research work can get. Having #publishedpapers in peer-reviewed journals is the next level of credibility. This is a Gold Standard that one can get for their work! And I am proud to say I have been able to obtain both with and as part of my work and contribution in the area.

I still remember the thrill and excitement I had when my first paper was accepted and later published as a chapter in a book titled “Health and well-being. Emerging trends.” I had mailed all my professors and colleagues and distributed sweets to my family! The best part was everyone indulged me, from my professors to my colleagues everyone took it with a smile and great words of encouragement! I can never forget that!!

To get there, I had to submit my paper for research publication. Research publications undergo a rigorous #review from peers that includes experienced and knowledgeable academicians and professionals in related areas who inspect

  • the research methodology that was followed,
  • #reliability and #validity of the data that has been collected for #testdevelopment
  • collection of #data and due processes followed, #treatmentofdata,
  • #statisticalanalyses and more parameters.

The review is conducted by 3 or more reviewers, usually in odd numbers. These reviewers do not know each other, nor do they know who has submitted the paper to the Journal for publication. Hence it is called as “Blind Peer Review”. The #credibility and value that these blind reviewers add to the author’s publications are incalculable.

At the time of defending a Doctoral Thesis, the Doctoral student (PhD student) is expected to show that they have published at least 2 papers in peer reviewed, indexed in well known data bases and should have a good impact factor. (The impact factor or journal impact factor of an academic journal is a scientometric index calculated by Clarivate that reflects the yearly average number of citations of articles published in the last two years in a given journal. Source: Wikipedia).

At the time of defending my thesis in 2011, which was titled “Development of a tool to assess personality based on Tridosha and Triguna concepts” at Regional Institute of Mysore, University of Mysore, I had 8 paper publications and a few more in press. It was a proud moment for me which would never have been possible without the support and guidance of my PhD supervisor and mentor for life, @Dr. C. G. Venkatesha Murthy. I am grateful and thankful to him for his belief in me and my idea, which I could execute and bring to life.

The papers that were published (or with acceptance letters) at the time of my #phddefense are:

1.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (2010). Indian Psychology: Retrospect and Future Challenges. (pp. 123-132). In, Ojha, Sandhya; Srivastava, Urmila & Joshi, Sobhna. (Editors). Health and well-being. Emerging trends. New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House. (ISBN: 978-81-8220-284-9)

2.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (Jan—March 2011). Understanding Personality from Ayurvedic Perspective for psychological assessment: A Case. AYU—An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda. Vol. 32, issue 1; pg. 12-19. (ISSN: 0974-8520)

3.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (March 2011). Conceptualizing Personality dynamics from the Indian thought. Indian Social and Psychological Studies (ISPS): Vol. 4, No. 1: pp. 6-19. (ISSN: 0974-634X)

4.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (July-Sept. 2011). Development and standardization of Mysore Tridosha Scale. AYU—An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda; Vol. 32, Issue 3. pg. 308-314. (ISSN : 0974-8520)

5. Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (2012). Development and standardization of Mysore Triguna Scale. Sage Open. Published 8 Feb. 2012. DOI: 10.1177/2158244012436564

6.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (March, 2012). Interrelatedness of Tridoshas and Trigunas in personality. An Empirical investigation. Indian Social and Psychological Studies (ISPS): Vol. 5, No. 1. pp: 32-40. (ISSN: 0974-634X)

7.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (2012). Combination of Trigunas in different groups of people. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. (Golden Jubilee Special Issue). Vol. 38, No. 3, pp: 214-219. (ISSN: 0019-4247)

8.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (2012). Understanding Personality dynamics from Ayurveda. Indian Journal of health and Wellbeing. Vol. 3(2), pp. 57-59

After being awarded my PhD degree I have been able to publish the following papers, while a few others are still in press…

9.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (Jan 2013). Combination of Tridoshas in different groups of people. Periyar University Journal of Psychology. Vol. 1 (1), p. 88-92

10.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (2013). Development and standardization of Mysore Triguna Scale—Part B. Humanities and Social Science Studies. Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 82-97. ISSN: 2319-829X

11.Shilpa S., & Murthy, C.G.V. (Jan. 2014). Assessment of traits and types in personality: An Indian psychological perspective. Indian Journal of Psychology. pp. 41-57. ISSN-0019-5553

12.Datar, S & Murthy, C.G.V. (Oct.-Dec. 2015). Validation of psychological terminologies of Tridoshas and Trigunas. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, Vol. 3, Issue 1, No. 7. ISSN 2348-5396(e); ISSN: 2349-3429(p); DIP: C03118V3I12015

13.Datar, Shilpa. (2015). Personality and Puranas. In, Ranganath, S. (Ed.). (2016). Message of Mahapuranas. A unique five-day National conference on the Message of Mahapuranas, June 23rd – 27th, 2015. Conference proceedings. Bengaluru: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

14.Datar, S. & Murthy, C.G.V. (July-Dec. 2019). Development of Mysore Triguna Scale—Short. Journal of Psychosocial Research. Vol. 14, No. 2. Pg. 311-318. DOI No.: . ISSN: 0973-5410. E-ISSN: 0976-3937.

15.Datar, S. (July-Dec. 2020). Integrated understanding of Personality based on Prakrti: Evidence-based analysis towards a wellness philosophy. Journal of Psychosocial Research. Vol. 15, No. 2. Pg. 447-459. ISSN: 0973-5410. E-ISSN: 0976-3937.

My deepest gratitude to all my mentors and believers of Indian thought and knowledge.

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