Archive | May 2012

Publishing strategy

This publishing strategy is working and an academic journal has accepted my paper for publication!  Wey-hey!  Am I pleased!  It is less than a year since I finished my PhD and someone wants to publish my work.

A few months ago, here, I mused on whether I should publish in journals or whether a conference was a publication.  My strategy was to present at conferences, get feedback and edit my writing in order to get an acceptable paper to publish.  Last year I presented at the Academy of Management biennial conference of the Management Consulting Division.  Earlier this year, I presented at the UKAIS conference.  My examiner was in the audience.

A couple of weeks later, said examiner emailed me to ask if, given review feedback I could revise the paper by 1st May for the possibility of its being accepted for a special issue of the relevant journal in August.   Ex-supervisors and I have been working on a paper for a different journal at the same time as I was preparing the conference paper, but you can’t publish similar papers because that’s self-plagiarism.  So we worked the two papers together, addressing the review feedback – thank you to the reviewers – and put it together in time.  It was accepted.

Not only that, but as a consequence of preparing for that research interview a few weeks ago a colleague told me of a strategy-as-practice workshop that was looking for papers and realised that my research had aspects that might be relevant.  I proposed a paper and proposal was accepted.  The full paper is now written and uploaded.  With feedback from the workshop in June maybe we (supervisors & I) can write another paper this year.

Competitive interviews

I’ve had a couple of interviews now for research associate, but not a lot because  I’m picky about what I want to apply for, and don’t apply unless

  1. I really want the job
  2. I believe I’m good enough to do the job

But the competition has been better and I’ve not been offered the posts.

It’s all part of learning.  One interviewer debriefed me by explaining that I didn’t go far enough on following through some thoughts on how a theory that I’d used in my PhD thesis might apply to the area we were discussing.  That’s important, because it was an interesting discussion and made me think it would be fun to work with these academics and  I would continue to enjoy such discussions – but they found someone better.  Fair enough.

In another, perhaps more structured interview, it was clear what sort of questions each interviewer had in mind.  I share them in case you, dear reader, are also anticipating such interviews:

  • Methodological experience – describe a time when you had difficulties of access? I had difficulties here, here and here, the last being the most interestingly difficult.
  • Publishing intentions – what’s your publication strategy? I’m presenting papers at conferences and then with conference feedback hope to develop them further to submit to journals.
  • Limited experience in the area – where do you think you’d take time to get up to speed (in this new area)?
  • Career – how do you see your career progressing?  I find this question slightly startling as being so old and of a generation when educated women were encouraged to go into teaching or nursing “in case you get married” I have rarely been asked this question.  It’s nice to think that interviewers expect a career of me (though cynically they have to ask the same questions of every interviewee) and indeed I recently heard on Radio 4 Saturday live program of a woman, Mary Hobson who completed her PhD at 74 and is now an award-winning translator of Russian novels, so I have the role models.
  • What wider academic activities do you undertake? I’m not sure what they’re looking for here.  I tutor, monitor and have acted as an adviser.  I happen to have a little coding work, a little analysis work and some research interviews.  Perhaps they are asking if I attend conferences and workshops or support other students in some way.  I mentioned the LAK12 MOOC that I’d been following and that was novel to them since none of them had heard of Massive Open Online Courses.

Again, I didn’t get offered the job because they had people who were better experienced in the relevant area. The feedback from that research interview was encouraging:  they considered my answers measured and thoughtful, and told me to apply for future posts.

Perhaps I need to scupper the competition.

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