New analysis on factors associated with academics publishing more than others

28/09/2012 – 7:36 am
Tony McCall

Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load.

That is the central conclusion of work by researchers from University College Dublin led by Jonathan Drennan, lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

Drennan’s team looked at the responses of almost 11,000 full-time academics from 12 European countries assembled for the Changing Academic Profession survey and the more recent data obtained by the Academic Profession in Europe: Responses to Societal Challenges (EUROAC) project.

After defining “research productivity” as “the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters completed” over a three-year period, the team set out to analyze the demographic, academic and institutional variables that best predict the high and low performers.

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source: Inside Higher Education (27/9/12)

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