I was supposed to have a plan?

Jul 22 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

Hi folks! I've got a post up at Tenure, She Wrote today, on the idea of a "publishing strategy" for pre-tenure faculty. Is this a thing? If you have one, what is it? Go read, and go comment! And while you're there, check out some of the other great posts from the lovely ladies of Tenure, She Wrote.

4 responses so far

  • drugmonkey says:

    "dumbobutt"? really?

  • Wait! What the fucken fucke? That was you??? I thought that fucken blogge was one fucken person.

  • DrLizzyMoore says:

    Kewl new blog!!! I really thought the only publishing strategy for us n00bs was to get the data, then package the data out the door. From personal experience, while I have not been one to 'hold out' for a C/N/S paper, I probably have not been as aggressive as I should have been in getting papers out the door. This might be what your colleagues are referring to.

  • Ola says:

    My strategy in the early years was to publish a lot of review articles and LPU papers in IF3-4 journals, just to keep my name out there in the literature while waiting for the bigger projects/papers to roll around. It worked - I got a lot of invitations to speak during those early years and I have to think those talks helped a lot with name recognition when my grants came up for review. Some of the review articles were well cited, and that went a long way to helping achieve a reasonable h-index of 38 after 10 years as a PI.

    It took a good 2-3 years before we were regularly banging papers out the door into decent journals, and there were some "lean times" right after starting the lab, but we still managed at least one paper every year. We never turned down any invitations for reviews, and regularly checked the "call for papers" sections of the specialty journals, to make sure our name was always there alongside the regulars in the field.

    One disturbing trend I have seen recently, is people coming to the end of their K awards and shitting-the-bed because they haven't published anything for closing in on 3-4 years. FFS people, publish something, anything! Just get something out the door NOW so when your next Biosketch is being read by a grant reviewer, the dreaded "hasn't published anything in the last couple of years" doesn't rear its ugly head.

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