Predicting publication success for biologists

Laurance, William F., Useche, D. Carolina, Laurance, Susan G., and Bradshaw, Corey J.A. (2013) Predicting publication success for biologists. BioScience, 63 (10). pp. 817-823.

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Abstract

Can one foresee whether young scientists will publish successfully during their careers? For academic biologists on four continents, we evaluated the effects of gender, native language, prestige of the institution at which they received their PhD, the date of their first publication (relative to the year of PhD completion), and their pre-PhD publication record as potential indicators of long-term publication success (10 years post-PhD). Pre-PhD publication success was the strongest correlate of long-term success. Gender, language, and the date of first publication had ancillary roles, with native English speakers, males, and those who published earlier in their career having minor advantages. Once these aspects were accounted for, university prestige had almost no discernable effect. We suggest that early publication success is vital for aspiring young scientists and that one of the easiest ways to identify rising stars is simply to find those who have published early and often.

Item ID: 30524
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1525-3244
Keywords: academic performance, gender, language, publication success, university ranking
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2014 21:49
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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