Publication is Currency

Posted on January 14, 2008

Jeannette R. Ickovics (bio) reiterates the necessity of publishing excellent papers and getting grants.

 

The reality is in academic life, papers and grants are really our currency for promotion, and I think early in your career it’s so important to keep focused on getting those completed at the very highest quality journals and highest quality funding sources that you can get to. You have to do work that you’re passionate about, that you feel strongly about, that has scientific and social relevance. And I’m not suggesting that early in your career that you narrow your blinders so far that those criteria don’t remain important, but there is an issue of moving through the ranks early on, knowing what the criteria are at your institution, meeting with your department chair, meeting with your mentor to be clear about what the expectations are so that you can do excellent work in the present but ensure longevity for the future.

And the idea that science, including social science, is evolutionary is really important. So the studies can start smaller and get bigger, again can be descriptive moving to intervention and moving in scale from local to national or local to multi-site to more broadly national and international. You need to think strategically about the process as well as the content.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher in September 2007.

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