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Early Publication Strategies

Posted on May 28, 2013

Natalie L. Rasgon (bio) urges junior investigators to be team players early on to maximize their publication opportunities.

 

When you begin your research activity and you try to generate a certain amount of preliminary or pilot data in order to move along the funding opportunities and create some funding proposals, publication is incredibly important and we all know that. Publications are your currency, especially data papers, not just reviews and guidelines papers.

So data gathering, data analysis, and data write-up, it's a very lengthy, not a month-long proposal unless you are in basic research. So in translational and clinical studies, it is even more vital for a junior investigator to be a team player and to work for the senior investigators in his or her own lab or other labs in order to provide an ancillary service and ancillary questions to the large databases, and to therefore take an ownership of a small part or an ancillary question in the larger study, which is not their study. But to utilize somebody else's data in order to start asking questions which were not asked before.

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

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