Panel report ECIS 2012: publication strategy for junior researchers: quantity vs. quality, importance of the first authorship and collaboration

Krasnova, Hanna; Henfridsson, Ola; Riemenschneider, Cindy; Schäfer, Kerstin; Trkman, Peter; Veltri, Natasha F.; Whitley, Edgar A. (2014). Panel report ECIS 2012: publication strategy for junior researchers: quantity vs. quality, importance of the first authorship and collaboration. Communications of the Association of Information Systems, 34(1/33), pp. 653-669. Association of Information Systems

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The publication record is a key component of a successful academic career in IS. Despite its importance, its definition - especially for junior researchers―remains unclear. Is it better to have one A-publication or three Bpublications? Does being the third author on an A-publication carry more weight than being the first author on a Bpublication? Is it better to publish with as few co-authors as possible to demonstrate ability for independent work or is publishing with others a sign of good teamwork and academic excellence? Faced with these uncertainties, young researchers increasingly question the choices they make regarding their publication strategy. If unaddressed, these issues are bound to interfere with the quality of the IS research and scholars’ job satisfaction. This article raises these concerns associated with a publication strategy for junior researchers and reports the views voiced by five academics at a panel session at the European Conference on Information Systems 2012. In particular, the following topics are discussed: quantity vs. quality, value of the first authorship, the “optimal” number of authors, and the issues of co-authorship with an academic supervisor.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management

UniBE Contributor:

Krasnova, Hanna

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1529-3181

Publisher:

Association of Information Systems

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rahel Winkelmann

Date Deposited:

23 Apr 2014 13:10

Last Modified:

01 May 2015 11:29

Uncontrolled Keywords:

publication strategy, first authorship, junior researchers, research quality, publication trade-offs

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47015

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47015

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