So a little bit of background first. I work in research and while i am fairly new to the profession ( going to be 10 months soon ), i am nearing the completion of a Conference paper.
This is my first serious attempt at an academic write-up and i have good reason to believe that the paper has a fair chance of being accepted at an international conference.
However, the lab that i work for, has some specific problems. For one, we are urged to author journal papers more than conference papers. secondly there is a huge issue with funding, the higher-ups are quite frugal when it comes to money matters and are reluctant to give additional funding ( aside from our salaries ) for any cause, no matter how genuine or valid it may be. And its not that they have a lack of funding ( the financial figures are public and common knowledge & they are quite substantial ), its just that the top brass mostly uses these funds to finance only their own trips abroad. They have never sent any researcher to any conference or symposium to a foreign country on the Lab's funds, as of yet.
This has recently come to concern me directly. When i sent an initial draft of my conference paper to the Lab's Principal Investigator, they asked me if it was possible to convert this into a Journal Paper. In response, i readily agreed to work further upon the paper & expand the work into a journal publication, while the paper is submitted to a conference. I also mentioned that this paper has a good chance in an international conference.
However, they seemed very reluctant in their reply. They simply said that as all conferences are being cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it would be very difficult to submit the paper. While this reasoning is sound, it was the other part of their reply which got me thinking. They specifically said that, " expensive registration fees & travel costs related to a conference " would be an obstacle. They urged me to instead work on transforming THIS paper into a journal paper, ruling out any conference publication outright.
Now, i am just starting out in research but i do know that both, conference & journal publication are considered academic writings. Also, i intend to pursue my postgraduate studies abroad & for that i need some published work to compliment my profile. I have already had 5 scholarship applications rejected ( probably due to my low CGPA; 2.854 ) & i realize that without research work, i would probably be up against it when searching for international scholarships.
Make no mistake, my work is my first priority over any personal ambitions that i might have. My sole reason for asking this question here is to find help on how to properly approach this issue of being refused the funding & the right to at least submit my paper in a conference ?
Would i be better off submitting it myself ? Although please know that i cannot fund any trips or registration expenses to a conference abroad. is there any other way i can get the paper under consideration for a prospective conference publication ?
I have been very perturbed over this & would be grateful for any help i can get from the academia community regarding this issue. I am just starting out, so feel free to give me any advice you think might be helpful in resolving this problem.
EDIT : I was advised by an esteemed member to include more details about my contextual information. I work at a government-funded lab, but it is located in a University and has the name of the university attached to its title. Apart from teaching, which we researchers don't do, everything else is closely entwined with academics. Also, every PI & Co-PI is an academic(PhD). My field is CS.I have no intention of defying a PI, i was merely looking for the best approach in this case. i have already completed my Undergrad studies, more than 2 years ago. I might sound desperate about this paper, but that's merely because even after 2.5 years of graduation, i am yet to have any published work under my name. Also, i am not currently enrolled in a Masters/PhD program as of yet, so the PI has no bearing over my postgrad studies. I am just a full-time employee at the Lab. If you think any more information is needed, PLEASE let me know. I am open to providing more context on this, but as i am a bit new to this, i don't exactly know what extra information to provide that would be helpful for you to answer this question. Thanks for your kind co-operation