How your publication record is evaluated

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The information on this page initially started as part of a [http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Usc Professional Development Series] in the [http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/psyc/home/index.shtml Social Psychology Department at the University of Southern California].
The information on this page initially started as part of a [http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Usc Professional Development Series] in the [http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/psyc/home/index.shtml Social Psychology Department at the University of Southern California].
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==How is a publication record evaluated or judged?==
==How is a publication record evaluated or judged?==
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* There are many '''factors''' to take into account when looking at an individual’s publication record, such as:  
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* There are many '''factors''' to take into account when looking at an individual’s publication record, such as:  
: a) the authorship order,  
: a) the authorship order,  
: b) the number of publications,  
: b) the number of publications,  
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: f) the type of research (empirical, review, theory, applied, etc)
: f) the type of research (empirical, review, theory, applied, etc)
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* While there are undoubtedly many different ways to judge the entirety of an individual’s publication record, there is a '''general heuristic''' that most people look for:
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* While there are undoubtedly many different ways to judge the entirety of an individual’s publication record, there is a '''general heuristic''' that most people look for:
: 1) First author in journal considered the best in your field (e.g., JPSP for Social/Personality researchers).
: 1) First author in journal considered the best in your field (e.g., JPSP for Social/Personality researchers).
: 2) First authorships (number of first authorships and quality/prestige of those journals)
: 2) First authorships (number of first authorships and quality/prestige of those journals)
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* These heuristics roughly corresponds to the '''goals''' of a potential employer when looking at your publication record which is to identify your ability to conduct research on important/interesting research ideas.   
* These heuristics roughly corresponds to the '''goals''' of a potential employer when looking at your publication record which is to identify your ability to conduct research on important/interesting research ideas.   
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* The reason why the '''first general heuristic''' is a “first author publication in journal considered the best in your field” is because:  
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* The reason why the '''first general heuristic''' is a “first author publication in journal considered the best in your field” is because:  
: a) the first authorship indicates you were primarily responsible for the research,  
: a) the first authorship indicates you were primarily responsible for the research,  
: b) and the research was of high quality considering that it was published in what is considered the top choice outlet for empirical research in your field,  
: b) and the research was of high quality considering that it was published in what is considered the top choice outlet for empirical research in your field,  
: c) and you have achieved what is considered by most researchers to be the highest benchmark in your field when it comes to publishing empirical research.
: c) and you have achieved what is considered by most researchers to be the highest benchmark in your field when it comes to publishing empirical research.
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* Even if the research is not published in the top journal, first authorship still indicates you were primarily responsible for the research.  Thus, the reason for the '''second general heuristic''' of “first authorships” is:  
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* Even if the research is not published in the top journal, first authorship still indicates you were primarily responsible for the research.  Thus, the reason for the '''second general heuristic''' of “first authorships” is:  
: a) you have the ability to conduct empirical research that is of suitable quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal,  
: a) you have the ability to conduct empirical research that is of suitable quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal,  
: b) the number of first authorships indicates the level of your ability to conduct different empirical research projects, and  
: b) the number of first authorships indicates the level of your ability to conduct different empirical research projects, and  
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==What are the pros/cons of publishing a “short report”?==
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==What are the pros/cons of publishing a “short report”?==
* While short reports are usually smaller articles, the more important criteria is the journal in which the article is published and the quality of the article, not its length, especially since the journals which publish short reports do not distinguish between short reports and other types of research studies in their journals when including that publication on your CV.
* While short reports are usually smaller articles, the more important criteria is the journal in which the article is published and the quality of the article, not its length, especially since the journals which publish short reports do not distinguish between short reports and other types of research studies in their journals when including that publication on your CV.
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Revision as of 08:05, 19 December 2008

The information on this page initially started as part of a Professional Development Series in the Social Psychology Department at the University of Southern California.


Contents

How is a publication record evaluated or judged?

a) the authorship order,
b) the number of publications,
c) the prestige of the journals in which the studies are published,
d) the prestige of the other authors on the paper, and
e) the quality of the research (if this can be discerned from the title/topic of the article)
f) the type of research (empirical, review, theory, applied, etc)
1) First author in journal considered the best in your field (e.g., JPSP for Social/Personality researchers).
2) First authorships (number of first authorships and quality/prestige of those journals)
3) Numerosity (total number of publications and quality/prestige of those journals)

Why do most people follow these heuristics?

a) the first authorship indicates you were primarily responsible for the research,
b) and the research was of high quality considering that it was published in what is considered the top choice outlet for empirical research in your field,
c) and you have achieved what is considered by most researchers to be the highest benchmark in your field when it comes to publishing empirical research.
a) you have the ability to conduct empirical research that is of suitable quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal,
b) the number of first authorships indicates the level of your ability to conduct different empirical research projects, and
c) the quality/prestige of those journals indicates the general level of quality of the research that you conducted.


How does authorship order affect the evaluation of a publication record?


What carries more weight, a review such as a meta-analysis, or a empirical study on a new topic?


What are the pros/cons of publishing a “short report”?




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