Yahoo! I received my first request for a pre-print of my first published article and I haven't even received it from the publisher yet.
I found out late last night when I was up late from having slept most of the afternoon because of the flu. I can't quite recall why I checked the email that I provided as contact info for the article, I think it was because I thought some of my etsy street team email had been going there too. Well, lo and behold, there it was - a request for my work!
It was/is so validating. It makes me want to revise and submit my dissertation for publication right away because it is a much stronger piece of research than my earlier work. I love my research. No one in the world is doing it but me, and it is such an interesting topic that more people should be studying it. I wish I could tell you all about it but I want to stay pseudo-anonymous for a while.
The researcher who contacted me isn't in my exact field so that is exciting too. He studies a different species - Barbary macaques I think. They are so neat. I would love to see them in the wild someday when I go to Morocco. He attached his own paper to the request for the pre-print, which was something I hadn't thought of doing before, but it strikes me as a great way to get your research "out there." That's another reason to revise and submit the Diss!
I am really hoping this might lead to some research collaboration. I would love to have access to people and equipment for fecal sample analysis of glucocorticoids.
Collecting poo samples is the real dirty work of any good primatologist. I won't be a real one until I get my hands on some fresh dung.