Piling up: pressure to publish rises
The daunting challenge of getting that first academic paper published weighs on new researchers like an albatross around the neck, especially given the “publish or perish” environment.
“There’s pressure to have that [academic] record,” said Ian McNay, emeritus professor of higher education and management at the University of Greenwich. “In modern universities, there are a number of vice-chancellors who want [their institutions] to become pale imitations of Russell Group universities. And so research and publication is what their academics have to do.”
Among his tips for getting published, Professor McNay – who ran a Society for Research into Higher Education workshop on the topic earlier in the summer – said a major challenge was “finding the time and getting the funding” to do research.
“An awful lot” of academics are in a situation where “timetables simply don’t allow them time to get a good plan and a project, do the fieldwork and have reflective time to write,” he said. “You need to prepare the ground. Go to the conferences, even if you’re not presenting. The alternative [to presenting] is to get in touch with editors, [who are] always looking for book reviewers and reviewers of articles.
“If you’re willing to do that, you can get known to a couple of editors. Then, if your name is on an article that is submitted, you are likely to get read thoroughly.”
Of the many reasons why papers get rejected, he said a common one was “you sent it to the wrong journal”. “Find one that fits,” he advised.
Moreover, if you are adapting a PhD thesis for publication, he added, readers will be less interested in your background material, literature search and methodology. “They want to know basic details to establish the validity and viability of your method,” he explained.
And to attract interest, you have to “get your abstract right”, he said. “Most abstracts – and I edited research for 17 years – are bad. Go for originality, but don’t over-claim. You’ve got 300 words to sell this so that people want to find out more.”
However, he urged researchers to not be timid with journal editors. “When people make recommendations [about your paper], respond to them, be polite, but don’t necessarily accept them,” he said. “If you’ve done a PhD, you’re the expert. You can be assertive in saying: ‘I can see where you’re coming from, but…’ That establishes your credibility as someone who is able to engage in debate at that level.”
If you do get rejected, he said, “be disappointed but don’t be downcast”. He believes that a 25 per cent acceptance rate is typical. “Get a good mentor and possibly go for joint-authorship in the first place,” he suggested as a way to counter disappointment.
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Published PapersLobo, Gerald., Manchiraju, Hariom., Sridharan (Sri), Swaminathan. (Forthcoming) "Accounting and economic consequences of CEO paycuts", Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
Published PapersSubramanian, Krishnamurthy. (Forthcoming) "Localization of FDI flows: Evidence on Infrastructure as a critical determinant", Journal of Law, Finance and AccountingRead Abstract >Close >The localization of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to a few economies represents a puzzling aspect of international business. We study the provision of public infrastructure as a determinant of such localization. We employ unique data at the district level in India. We identify using variation: (i) among sectors within a district depending upon the sector’s propensity to attract FDI at the national level; and (ii) FDI into surrounding districts. We find that FDI inflows remain insensitive to changes in infrastructure till a threshold is reached; thereafter, FDI inflows increase steeply with an increase in infrastructure. This non-linear effect potentially explains why FDI remains restricted to a few countries.
Published PapersArunachalam, S., Ramaswami N Sridhar, P Herrmann, D Walker. (2018) "Innovation Pathway to Profitability: The Role of Marketing Capabilities", Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
Published PapersBatra, Rishtee Kumar.,Ghoshal, Tanuka., Raghunathan, Raj. (Forthcoming) "You Are What You Eat: An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship between Spicy Food and Aggressive Cognition", Journal of Experimental Social PsychologyRead Abstract >Close >The popular saying “you are what you eat” suggests that people take on the characteristics of the food they eat. Wisdom from ancient texts and practitioners of alternative medicine seem to share the intuition that consuming spicy food may increase aggression. However, this relationship has not been empirically tested. In this research, we posit that those who consume “hot” and “spicy” food may be more prone to thoughts related to aggression. Across three studies, we find evidence for this proposition. Study 1 reveals that those who typically consume spicy food exhibit higher levels of trait aggression. Studies 2 and 3 reveal, respectively, that consumption of, and even mere exposure to spicy food, can semantically activate concepts related to aggression as well as lead to higher levels of perceived aggressive intent in others. Our work contributes to the literature on precursors of aggression, and has substantive implications for several stakeholders, including marketers, parents and policy makers.
Published PapersLampel, Joseph.,Bhalla, Ajay., Ramachandran, Kavil. (2017) "Family Values and Inter-Institutional Governance of Strategic Decision Making in Indian Family Firms", Asia Pacific Journal of ManagementThomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family EnterpriseRead Abstract >Close >In this paper we use new venture creation in Indian family firms to explore the family firm as an inter-institutional system. We argue that in societies where the traditional family dominates social and economic life, the relationship between the two institutions, the firm and the family, is managed via inter-institutional logics. These inter-institutional logics help reconcile the tensions that often arise in the family firms during strategic decision-making. We use archival and interview data on thirty-six new ventures in eight Indian family firms to identify these logics. Our analysis shows that the interaction between firm and family institutional logics in Indian family firms generates four sub-logics: Economic, Expertise, Reputation and Attachment. These four logics are used to frame and screen new venture opportunities and justify resource allocation
Published PapersBatra, Rishtee Kumar.,Ghoshal, Tanuka. (Forthcoming) "Fill Up Your Senses: A Theory of Self-Worth Restoration through High Intensity Sensory Consumption", Journal of Consumer ResearchCentre for Emerging Markets SolutionsRead Abstract >Close >It is well known that individuals engage in reactive consumption to address self-discrepancy and self-threat and that this consumption may be either symbolically related to the nature of the threat or may occur in an unrelated domain. This research proposes a theory for self-worth restoration through the consumption of high intensity sensory stimuli. Four studies demonstrate that not only do individuals facing self-threat prefer high intensity sensory consumption (HISC) but also this consumption restores their self-worth. This propensity for HISC is negated after individuals are allowed to engage in additional self-affirmation tasks. The findings are documented in both the visual domain (as evidenced by a preference for more intense and saturated colors) and the auditory domain (as evidenced by a preference for louder audio levels). The consumption of high intensity sensory stimuli elevates individuals’ arousal levels, which in turn minimizes rumination on thoughts related to the threat and thus restores one’s self-worth. The distractive nature of HISC and its subsequent impact on self-worth restoration is shown to operate regardless of the valence of the sensory consumption. Finally, the propensity for HISC is negated after individuals experience an arousal-elevating threat, providing additional support for the underlying process.
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