Date: April 24, 2019 at 14.30

Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Room 107, 1st Floor

How to publish, why to publish, what journals to target and why? Reflections on publications strategies from “The Scopus diaries and the (il)logics of academic survival”

“Academics need to publish, and peer review, articles; they need to look for funding, attend conferences, establish collaborations, engage with public dissemination activities. But how much is too much? What is the amount of effort one should put into each of these activities? What is the ideal input-output ratio? How much should you work for an article? Are 5 articles a year a good target? Shall you try to publish in the No.-1 journal in the world in your discipline or are middle-range journals enough?

This presentation is intended to help future researchers (and those who are have already chosen a research career) in their career strategy while remaining healthy in their mind. This, in spite of the zillions of things that one is supposed to do to get academic recognition. However, instead of telling what one should be doing, it will provide a cost-benefit analysis of some of the available choices, or ways to carry out the tasks that one is supposed to engage in and most of the things everyone is supposed to do to enhance your academic careers.”

Abel Polese: Scholar, development worker, writer and wannabe musician. To date he has published 17 books, over 100 peer-reviewed chapters and articles and designed capacity building and training programmes on the Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America (funded by, inter alia, the EC, UNDP, Erasmus National Agencies, ASEF, Irish-aid). His forthcoming book “The Scopus Diaries: the (il)logics of academic survival” is also a blog and is conceived as a guide to think strategically of one’s academic career.