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James Lincoln presentation to NCKU
The challenges of academic publishing: looking back on a scholarly career

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    • 1. The Challenges of Academic Publishing: Looking Back on a Scholarly Career
      • James R. Lincoln   Mitsubishi Professor of International Business and Finance
      • Walter A. Haas School of Business University of California, Berkeley
      • Visiting Professor
      • Department of Management of Organizations
      • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • 2. Why am I talking about this?
      • Because I was asked.
        • A newly-tenured professor might be better
      • On the other hand:
        • I just completed a three year term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Haas School
        • My lengthy career might offer some lessons to young and aspiring social science professors
          • In what to do and what not to do
    • 3. The academic publication business is tough and getting tougher
      • Increasing competition for journal space
        • Scholars in continental Europe and Asia targeting Western journals
      • Journal publication increasingly tied to pay, status, & job security
        • Tenure and promotion, of course
        • No more COLAS
        • UK and Australian universities base pay on numbers of articles weighted by journal rank
    • 4. How do disciplines differ in scholarly publication norms?
      • What publication outlets are encouraged?
        • Journal articles
        • Books
          • Monographs versus texts
          • In humanities, books are a must
        • Chapters
          • Peer-reviewed or not
        • Reports and proposals
    • 5. Journal publishing
      • Practitioner-oriented
        • HBS, CMR, SMR, AME
      • Scholarly
        • Audience (size is important: citation count)
          • Size (important for citation count)
          • General (AER, ASR) versus specialty (JF, ASQ)
        • Ranking
          • 1 st tier , 2 nd tier, etc..
      • Will (internal & external) reviewers (for tenure, promotion, recruitment) actually read your work?
    • 6.
    • 7. Style differences among social/behavioral science journals
      • Psychology (& micro-OB)
        • Physical science model
          • Short literature reviews, brief report of findings
          • MANY coauthors and citations
      • Flexible format, premium on elegant writing
        • Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Poli Sci
      • More rigid format
        • Shorter, explicit hypotheses
        • ASQ – similar to sociology
        • AMJ – closer to psychology model
    • 8. Economics journals
      • Theoretical sophistication
      • Analytical rigor
        • Much methodological detail
      • Elegance of presentation and writing
      • Relatively few citations
    • 9. Preparing a manuscript for journal submission
      • Model your paper on others’ best work
      • Cite the right people
      • Ask for colleagues’ comments
      • Make it clean! Don’t submit a first draft
        • Reviewers have zero tolerance for low professionalism
        • Rigor and refinement are key
        • Writing quality and organization are critical!
          • If your English is weak:
            • Get a copy editor
            • Get a native English co-author
    • 10. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and other online working paper lists
      • Benefits
        • Get paper disseminated fast
        • Get feedback for revisions
      • Downsides
        • Lower quality control
        • Loss of confidentiality
      • Will journals become irrelevant?
    • 11. Dealing with rejection
      • Is it an R&R?
        • Make sure the revised version responds to reviewers’ concerns and is super clean
      • If not:
        • Channel your hurt feelings productively
          • Read the reviews
            • But what they say may not be why they rejected it
            • Write the editor if reviewers are wrong (?)
        • Send it to another journal
          • How much revision first?
          • Same rank of journal or lower?
          • How to retarget it
      • Don’t give up or let it languish!
    • 12. Do the journals reward originality and risk-taking?
      • If too original:
        • Not seen as a contribution to literature
        • Qualified reviewers may not exist
      • Postpone the high-risk, long-time-to-fruition work until you are tenured or promoted(?)
      • (Sadly) researching small problems & maximizing publication per project are often rewarded
    • 13. What does it take to get tenure?
      • It depends on where you are. Take Berkeley.
        • Minimum: Five articles in top-tier journals
        • Ten in various outlets: 1 st and 2 nd tier, general, specialty, chapters, grants, etc.
        • Also needed:
          • Some solo or lead authorships
          • S trong letters from respected senior people in field
          • Good teaching & good service (collegiality)
      • At lower tier schools, fewer numbers and lower-ranking journals may suffice
    • 14. My career history
      • 1968 Began UW PhD Program in Sociology
      • 1973 Appointed Assistant Prof at USC
      • 1974 Completed dissertation
      • 1976 1 st scholarly publication: ASR lead article
      • 1977 2 articles, 1 chapter
      • 1978 6 articles (2 ASR) Moved to Indiana
      • 1979 2 articles (1 ASQ) and 1 refereed comment
      • 1980 1 ASR article (Tenured at USC)
      • 1981 1 AJS article (Tenured at Indiana)
    • 15. Later career years
      • 1982 – 1988 1-2 articles per year
      • 1984 Moved to Arizona (1 year as Dept Head)
      • 1988 Moved to Berkeley
      • 1990 CUP book
      • 1991 – 97 1-2 articles/chapters per year (2 ASR) 1996 Given endowed chair
      • 1997 – 02 Mostly chapters; 1 edited book
      • 2004 1 CUP book (won ASA award)
      • 2005-08 Haas School Associate Dean
      • 2009 OUP edited book
    • 16. What’s the verdict?
      • By no means have I been as productive as some of my colleagues
        • Some produce their whole lives as if they were trying to get tenure
      • But I think an academic career should be a diversified portfolio
    • 17. So good luck and gambarimasu (as the Japanese say)!

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