Am I killing publication opportunities with blogging PhD results?

by Lilia Efimova on 4 February 2009

After being in a solitary confinement for so long (this is how working on a PhD feels) I’m happy to see that what others find useful what I wrote, especially given my fears that for many of my peers the findings would look like yesterday’s news. I feel like sharing several other pieces from the final chapter of my dissertation, especially those where I talk about implications for practice, but can’t get rid of a nagging feeling that I’m killing publication opportunities with that.

I know that sharing openly brings all kinds of good things back, but next to it there is a feeling that a successful professional career requires more than coming up with good ideas and sharing them. I also believe that performance is counter-productive, that doing things in the way that reflects personal values brings people and projects that reflect those values. So, I will probably end up blogging all those things I’m not sure about, but I would also love to hear what do you think about it.

(Btw, any suggestions of what might be interesting to publish and where are very welcome :)

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1 Yigal Chamish 4 February 2009 at 15:19

No. (to your question on post title).
I believe that you are only broadening your professional reputation.
You are not willing to publish your Thesis, but its applications and ideas, right?

2 Anoush 4 February 2009 at 22:15

If you are planning to publish the dissertation (or a modified version of it) as a book, have a look at VDM Verlag. They publish academic research at no cots to authors I had a book on the basis of my PhD dissertation published by them last year, and was in general saitisfied with the way they handled the whole process.

3 Olivier Amprimo 10 February 2009 at 17:17

I don’t think you kill publication opportunities with blogging. From the experience I have in my specific context (France), people who pay attention to your publication activity in terms of ranking do not consider blogging at all. When then know what it is and how to go through the blogosphere, they regard its content as crap.
And that is actually an opportunity for you. 1) you may use blogging to test and strengthen your ideas. 2) you dive into Academic publications by respecting formats and standards (that no blogger would ever follow and very few reader would read).

We have to face reality: Academic publication is only for the few. It’s diffusion is limited and one reason is the format the Academia has set for.

Then there is another element we have to balance: time to publication vs relevance. The Academia and their reviews have amazingly long workflows. It’s almost a selection per se! The time you get through, your work is already out of date. That is a real problem of diffusion of knowledge and innovation.

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