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  • Julie T. Kinn 10:38 am on September 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: curriculum vitae, CV, peer-review, resume   

    Listing Publications on Your CV: Where to Put the Iffy Stuff 

    When I was in my first year of graduate school, I published a short article in The Community Psychologist, the newsletter for the American Psychological Association’s community psychology division, the Society for Community Research and Action. I was stoked to see my name in print, and added it to my Curriculum Vitae (CV) under PUBLICATIONS. I then received some terrible advice – another graduate student said it was unethical to list the article on my CV because it was not peer-reviewed.

    Beautiful Publications to Be

    I challenge the assumption that only refereed works are important. Publications that aren’t peer-reviewed can be highly valuable dependent on your career path. For example, articles in your professional society’s magazine or newsletter indicate your active involvement in the broader community. This contribution will be important to document if you hope to hold a leadership position down the road. Works that aren’t peer-reviewed are also great ways for students to get their feet wet and demonstrate an interest in writing.

    However, there is a right way and a wrong way to list publications. Your CV is a first-glance representation of yourself. Make sure there is nothing dishonest (or semi-mostly-sort-of-honest). One odd feature of a CV sticks out like a sore thumb and will force employers to ask, “what else is he or she embellishing?”

    The best policy is to split out by types of publications. I like the categories Karen Kelsky gave on her blog, The Professor is In, in an excellent post about writing a CV:

    • Books
    • Edited Volumes
    • Refereed Journal Articles
    • Book Chapters
    • Conference Proceedings
    • Book Reviews
    • Manuscripts in Submission (give journal title)
    • Manuscripts in Preparation
    • Web-Based Publications
    • Other Publications

    If you are just starting your academic career, you may only have one or two publications of *any* type. Yeah, it may look a little goofy to have whole categories devoted to “Web-Based Publications” or “Professional Blog” with only one item, but employers won’t mind. After all, it looks more honest than the alternative.

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    • Anonymous 8:19 pm on September 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Good advice. I was struggling with how to organize my various publications. Thanks for the insight. 🙂

  • Julie T. Kinn 5:30 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , edit, ego, , peer-review, , track changes   

    Constructive Criticism Part II: Taking It 

    Last week I blogged about ways to provide feedback. This week is all about receiving feedback from others.

    If you are currently a graduate student or a recent Ph.D., then you likely have a low enough ego to easily accept constructive criticism (please refer to Figure 1). However, it can still be difficult to wade through pages of red ink, tracked changes and blinded reviewer feedback.

    Criticism can hurt. We work hard on our writing, and sometimes a paper represents the culmination of years of work. As we point out in Practical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles, you are much more than just your writing. It’s crucial to understand that other academics aren’t trying to put you down by offering you feedback. This is just part of the process of improving our work and developing our skill sets.

    In graduate school I used to fantasize that my dissertation chair would return a pristine draft of my proposal with only the comment, “Spectacular!” Instead, I always received pages full of comments, questions, and nearly indecipherable scribbles. It took me a couple revision cycles to realize what an incredible gift those edits were.

    When you receive edits from a talented writer, don’t just make the changes: Think about the changes. Well-thought out revisions are like a lesson in improving your writing skills using your own product as a case-in-point.

    Those undergrads will learn soon enough.

    Figure 1. The distribution of writing ego across career path.

     
  • Julie T. Kinn 4:11 am on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: academics, , peer-review, publishing   

    Publication Goals: How much to publish 

    I’m a big believer in setting specific goals to help accomplish objectives.  The literature is pretty consistent: setting measurable goals helps us finish what we start.

    There’s no set rule for appropriate publication goals for academics.  Most research universities expect tenure-track junior faculty to average about two or three peer-reviewed articles a year.  Of course, there’s lots of wiggle room.  First-authored pubs count more than others.  Top-tiered journals count more than the Journal of Some Guy’s Basement.

    I’ve set my goal as three peer-reviewed articles yearly.  Since I’m not working for a University, I’m fortunate to have a job that allows me to publish as much as I like.  In truth, I’m pretty happy to publish in the Journal of Some Other Guy’s Basement.  I just want to make sure that I do have a publication record in case I want to go into academia some day.

    What is your publication goal? How did you set it, and have you achieved what you sought?

     

     
    • Anonymous 3:29 pm on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t really have a publication goal… I just try to publish whatever I’ve been working on most recently. Maybe something to think about. Probably 1 or 2 a year would be good since I’m not at a research institution. Also, I have a heavy teaching load, so my supes cut me some slack.

    • Anonymous 11:48 am on September 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m lucky if I publish anything at all!

    • Anonymous 10:07 am on September 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I have been fortunate to publish along side some great researchers in the field of psychology. I do not have a PhD and still feel conflicted about going “all the way” but I do love the opportunity to create a paper–well, to be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with the process, but I am rooted in a deep curiosity and thirst for knowledge so, the article is a product of that journey. Do you have any tips for collaborating on papers? It seems that when the ideas are following, folks that come together to write an article are excited, however, the process in actually creating the paper is so different for everyone involved that it can make for difficult situations. What are your thoughts?

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