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Publish or Perish: a systematic review of interventions to increase academic publication rates


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McGrail, MR, Rickard, CM and Jones, Rebecca 2006 , 'Publish or Perish: a systematic review of interventions to increase academic publication rates' , Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 25, no. 1 , pp. 19-35 , doi: 10.1080/07294360500453053.

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Background: Academics are expected to publish. In Australia, Universities receive extra funding based on their publication rates and academic promotion is difficult without a good publication track record. However, the reality is that only a small percentage of academics are actively publishing. To fix this problem, a number of Universities and other Institutions have implemented interventions with the main aim being to increase the number of publications.
Method: A comprehensive literature search identified 17 studies published between 1984 and 2004, which examined the effects of these interventions.
Results: Three key types of interventions were identified; writing courses, writing support groups, and writing coaches or mentors. The resulting publication rates varied enormously, but all interventions led to an increase in publication for the participants.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McGrail, MR and Rickard, CM and Jones, Rebecca
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education Research and Development
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07294360500453053
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