Publication Trade-Offs for Junior Scholars in IS: Conjoint Analysis of Preferences for Quality, First Authorship, Collaboration, and Time
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A publication record provides evidence of research productivity and is critical for junior scholars starting their careers in academia. Publication attributes, such as level of the publication outlet, order and number of authors, are typically used to evaluate its quality. However, time spent on a publication is a limited commodity, and researchers face significant trade-offs when deciding which publications they should concentrate on. To better understand the choices made, conjoint analysis with 241 junior IS scholars was conducted. We find that when "quality vs. number of authors" and "quality vs. time" trade-offs are considered, quality is prioritized. However, the emphasis on quality is less pronounced when "rank as an author" is at stake. Especially Ph.D. students tend to choose first authorship when dealing with "quality vs. rank as an author" trade-off. Our findings provide intriguing insights into how publication attributes weigh against each other when research collaboration decisions are made.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems, (ICIS)
Information Systems Management
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