Saturday, October 21, 2006

Analyze This

Has anyone actually done a study correlating the "1 high impact paper" status of faculty candidates with their subsequent success/failure at achieving funding and tenure?

I'm guessing not.

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At 9:39 AM, Anonymous matt said...

I am not sure if you are hoping to it to be 100% correlative or not statistically significant? But I am hoping 100% correlative. Now it would be interesting to correlate the rate of hire with 1 high profile paper to the chance of getting your first R01 funded!

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does a high impact paper as a student or postdoc really have much to do with how one will perform as a faculty member? Seems to me a high impact paper is often more about the lab you are working in, as opposed to anything reflecting your own ability, work ethic, etc.

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...

Matt- you said it.

Anonymous- I imagine it goes both ways, but I don't know at what frequencies. Sometimes people who come from successful labs have picked up some skills that will help them succeed, as well. Other times, it seems that the impact of the paper depends a lot on the PI- personality, reputation, contacts, persistence/finesse with editors where others might have less experience. I would be very curious to know whether it's a heritable trait, and if so, with what penetrance.

I suspect it's epigenetic- sometimes heritable, but subject to sudden reverses.


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