Why do most people follow these rules about evaluating a publication record?
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Why do most people follow these heuristics?
- These heuristics roughly corresponds to the goals of a potential employer when looking at your publication record which is to identify your ability to conduct research on important/interesting research ideas.
- The reason why the first general heuristic is a “first author publication in journal considered the best in your field” is because:
- a) the first authorship indicates you were primarily responsible for the research,
- b) and the research was of high quality considering that it was published in what is considered the top choice outlet for empirical research in your field,
- c) and you have achieved what is considered by most researchers to be the highest benchmark in your field when it comes to publishing empirical research.
- Even if the research is not published in the top journal, first authorship still indicates you were primarily responsible for the research. Thus, the reason for the second general heuristic of “first authorships” is:
- a) you have the ability to conduct empirical research that is of suitable quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal,
- b) the number of first authorships indicates the level of your ability to conduct different empirical research projects, and
- c) the quality/prestige of those journals indicates the general level of quality of the research that you conducted.
- After a potential employer can identify your ability to conduct empirical research with the first two heuristics, then the third general heuristic of numerosity is helpful/important because it provides information about the scope or breadth of your research experience, and therefore the scope or breadth of your ability to conduct research.
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