Publish All of It

Posted on February 18, 2013

Susanne Ahmari (bio) advises researchers to publish data even when it doesn't make for the most exciting story.

 

The other advice that, for me at least, goes along with that is not to get too caught up in it being a perfect paper. And actually, I wasn't given this advice and kind of inherently from my PhD experience, I actually absorbed or through osmosis learned a different lesson, which was that unless it was good enough to go to a high-profile journal or at least Journal of Neuroscience, it's not worth writing it up.

And it's not that anyone ever told me that. This was just the general idea that was floating around. So when I first transitioned back into the lab again, this was something that was challenging for me to learn.

I was like, "I need to get my numbers up. I need to publish all of it, even the stuff that isn't the nicest, most exciting story. Data is data, and it needs to get out there." So that's the advice that I would give to people is, if you're worried about it not being a good enough story, don't worry too much. Just write it. Get it out and work with that.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2012 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.

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