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Title: Developing a Successful Research Stream


1
Developing a Successful Research Stream
  • Stephanie Bryant
  • Dean, College of Business, MSU

2
Attribution
  • Parts of this presentation were generously shared
    by Jim Hunton, Trustee Professor of Accounting at
    Bentley University
  • Evolving Standards for Academic Publishing A
    q-r Theory, G. Ellison, Journal of Political
    Economy 2002, v100(5, Oct), 994-1034.

3
Outline
  • I. Top 5 Biggest Mistakes by New Scholars
  • II. Developing a Successful Research Stream that
    Builds Your Reputation as a National Scholar
    (Turning out quality research)
  • III. Keys to Successful Publishing
  • IV. Final Words

4
Top 5 Biggest Mistakes by New Scholars (and some
old scholars!)
  • 5. In a hurry to get something.anything
    published (focus on quantity vs. quality)
  • 4. Accepting co-author invitations randomly
  • 3. Working with too narrow a set of co-authors

5
Top 5 Biggest Mistakes by New Scholars (Contd)
  • 2. Sending a paper to a journal without having
    been vetted enough
  • 1. Not having a cogent stream of research that
    establishes you as a nationally-recognized
    scholar in your area.

6
What Do You Want to Be Known For?
  • Especially new researchers, but also applicable
    to intermediate level scholars or those wanting
    to re-tool in a new area
  • Dissertation is a common starting point, but,
    this may evolve over time

7
In an Ideal World
  • You know what you are most interested in, or you
    figure it out over time (interests can change)
  • Try to tie each of your publications around a
    common area
  • Content-oriented, not methodology-oriented.

8
The Goal
  • For people to say your name when a given topic
    comes up at a conference, etc.

9
II. Developing a Successful Research Stream that
Builds Your National Reputation
  • You have to develop a reputation for high quality
    research
  • What does high-quality mean exactly?

10
A q-r Theory
  • Evolving Standards for Academic Publishing A
    q-r Theory, G. Ellison, Journal of Political
    Economy 2002, v100(5, Oct), 994-1034.
  • 2 types of quality q and r

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q-Quality
  • Motivation
  • Contribution
  • Theory

12
r-Quality
  • Methodological rigor
  • Data collection
  • Literature review
  • Statistical analyses
  • Robustness of findings
  • Generality of results
  • Future extensions

13
  • Motivation
  • Contribution
  • Theory
  • Methodological Rigor
  • Data Collection
  • Literature Review
  • Statistical analyses
  • Robustness of findings
  • Generality of results
  • Future Extensions

q-Quality post hoc Fatal Flaw
post hoc Maybe fixable Depends?
r-Quality
post hoc Probably Fixable
14
Ideal Effort Expenditure
100
E F F O R T
0
15
Observed Effort Expenditure
100
E F F O R T
0
Creating q-Quality
Developing r-Quality
Exposing Revising
Submitting Publishing
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Ideal versus Observed Effort
100
E F F O R T
0
Creating q-Quality Gap
Developing r-Quality Gap
Exposing Revising Gap
Submitting Publishing Gap
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III. Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
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Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution

What have you contributed to the extant state of
knowledge?
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Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance

Does the study have theoretical and/or practical
importance?
20
Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance
  • Exhaustiveness

Do you know the literature, and have you suitably
interpreted and incorporated prior findings?
21
Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance
  • Exhaustiveness
  • Accuracy

Are you properly analyzing your data and drawing
inferences?
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Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance
  • Exhaustiveness
  • Accuracy
  • Theory

To what extent is the theoretical development
and/or application correct?
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Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance
  • Exhaustiveness
  • Accuracy
  • Theory
  • Exposure

Have you received sufficient input from
researchers on and off your co-author team?
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Keys to Successful Publishing
Before Submitting to a Journal
  • Contribution
  • Relevance
  • Exhaustiveness
  • Accuracy
  • Theory
  • Exposure

Create value!
25
Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
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Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
  • Responsive

Reply in detail to each comment made by the
editor and reviewers.
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Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
  • Responsive
  • Explanatory

Thoroughly, yet politely, explain how and why you
responded to each comment and, how and why you
performed questioned procedures, methods,
analyses, etc.
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Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
Stand your ground when appropriate, have faith in
your study, and do not let the review process
defeat you! If rejected, learn from the
constructive input you received and remember--
there is a home for all good work, so never give
up!!
  • Responsive
  • Explanatory
  • Persistent

29
Keys to Successful Publishing
Most editors and reviewers expend a great deal of
valuable time and energy on their reviews, so
take the occasion to compliment them on their
hard work and helpful input where appropriatenot
gratuitously, but earnestly.
After Submitting to a Journal
  • Responsive
  • Explanatory
  • Persistent
  • Laudatory

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Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
It is acceptable to hold firm on a position when
you believe you are right, but, many times you
are so close to your work that it is difficult to
see a legitimate alternate perspective. Be
flexible and adaptive to review commentsmost of
the time your paper is significantly enhanced
through the review process!
  • Responsive
  • Explanatory
  • Persistent
  • Laudatory
  • Yielding

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Keys to Successful Publishing
After Submitting to a Journal
  • Responsive
  • Explanatory
  • Persistent
  • Laudatory
  • Yielding

REPLY with care!
32
How Long Does the Process Take?
  • Researching, writing and publishing takes a long,
    long time.
  • Rough Estimates
  • Creating q-Quality 12 Months
  • Developing r-Quality 6 Months
  • Exposing and Revising 6 Months
  • Submitting and Polishing 24 Months
  • First round 3-8 months
  • Your response 3-6 months
  • Second round 3-8 months
  • Your response 3-6 months
  • Last round 2-4 months
  • Your response 1-3 months
  • Publication 1-6 months

Three years from start to finish!
33
How Many Projects to Have?
  • You need to have a portfolio of multiple projects
    on-going at all times. At a minimum
  • Year One Two projects
  • Year Two Four Projects
  • Year Three Six Projects
  • Thereafter When one project in the portfolio of
    six drops off (hopefully via publication
    acceptance), add another and try to maintain at
    least six projects in your portfolio at all
    times!

Portfolio of 6 Projects
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IV. Final words
  • Write every day, or at a minimum, on a regularly
    established schedule
  • Set aside a regular time to just read in your
    area
  • Go to conferences and MINGLE
  • Identify ahead of time who you would like to meet
    in your area

35
Final words
  • Teaching will expand to fill all your time if you
    let it
  • Work to the top of your ability, not just what
    you need to get by at your current school
  • Do some sole-authored papers
  • Present your work every chance you get!

36
Final words
  • While everyone wants to get tenure (who
    doesnt?), try to remember that this is about you
    as a nationally-recognized scholar

37
Questions?
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