Pragmatic Productivity & Creating an Agenda – Dr. Nancy Leech
Italicized notes by Courtney Donovan
Creating an Agenda –
- Most people think a research agenda is what you start with
- It is a way to think about your publications and argue they have “connected-ness”
How to Create an Agenda
1) Publish in early years (to show you can do it)
2) Know what is required/what “counts”
Going after grants and presentations may not be the best use of your time
3) Look at publications and decide on your agenda
Look at how they are connected (find themes) & that will establish your agenda
Know what “counts”
Everything is publishable
Nancy truly lives by this. She’s considers everything she’s working on as a potential publication and pursues it
Rejections are necessary and part of publication
Many of us were a bit surprised to hear how often Nancy is also rejected. She says consider it a game and keep revising and finding a new place to submit. If you work so hard on paper don’t give up on it!
How to Publish (Doctoral programs typically do not teach you how to publish) –
- Top of stove – four places for cooking
One burner: ideas & IRB, another data collection/analysis, another writing, and the 4th revise/resubmit
- APA format
Some journals will reject outright simply due to format
3) Make time for writing
– time of day or week
– think of 40%/40%/20% – 2 days a week for writing
80%/10%/10% – 1/2 day a week for writing
Figure out what works for you!
4) Keep writing in front of you
- bulletin board
5) Know your strengths and weaknesses
Find collaborators with the opposite
6) Find a mentor(s) – doesn’t have to be in your field but should be someone who has
Find lots of mentors!
7) Have peers to publish with or to get feedback from
*Treat publishing as something to learn and improve at, not something you’re assumed to know and must figure out alone!
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