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The publication trajectory of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and new professors in psychology

Christopher Zou (), Julia Tsui and Jordan B. Peterson
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Christopher Zou: University of Toronto
Julia Tsui: University of Toronto
Jordan B. Peterson: University of Toronto

Scientometrics, 2018, vol. 117, issue 2, 1289-1310

Abstract: Abstract Each year as the number of graduate students in psychology increases, there is also increased competition for academic positions. The general consensus is that there is higher pressure for students to publish prolifically, yet there is little information as to what this exactly means. The main aim of the present study was to examine the average publication trajectory of a psychology student advancing to a post-doctoral fellowship to a faculty position. We obtained curricula vitae from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty members from 2010 to 2015 in addition to self-reports from the graduate students. The number of publications substantially increased with each step of progression: graduate students published on average 2.89 (self-report) to 3.08 (CV report) papers, post-doctoral fellows on average published 8.06 papers, and junior professors on average had 14.30 publications before they were hired. The same pattern was observed even when restricting the number of publications to only those that were first-authored. However, a slightly different pattern emerged when comparing a scientometric index (zp-index) that takes into account both the quantity and quality of publications.

Keywords: Publications; Graduate students; Higher education; Professorship; Psychology; Research productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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