I had no mentoring in grad school or afterwards about publishing. There was some on presenting at conferences. I have that down pat. But none on publishing.
So I was wondering what the dream journals were.
On The Chronicle‘s fora,Hyperbole gave her/his list:
Americna Literary History
Should I reach for the sky?
You have ten presentations and NO academic publications? WTF? If I were on a SC this would be a huge red flag.
Would it count as much if the presentations were all in the same year?
You know, I don’t even know what academic publications are. I guess I should call my friends at colleges around the country and ask.
By the way, yes, I think it is part of the issue. I know CC4 was concerned about the lack of publications. I didn’t think to tell them about the book contract.
It’s probably too late now. But I will remember next time. And hopefully next year I will have more publications to put on my CV. Of course, that’s what I really need to look into now.
I’ve been reading the forums at The Chronicle of Higher Ed. The other night I found one set so funny I laughed till I cried. Last night the same forums made me depressed. I’m reading a different set of forums now.
One thread was on what kind of writing counts for tenure.
The original question was about book reviews. Basically everyone said do them if it doesn’t take much time. Book reviews are seen as a service to the profession. I’d never thought of that.
But the last post to date said, “My pet peeve is encyclopedia entries.”
And I was appalled.
I just wrote an encyclopedia entry. I did research for it, emailing friends on three continents involved with the area and asking for feedback. I came up with questions for a questionnaire and then used the answers to create the encyclopedia entry.
I don’t know what anyone else does for entries, but I guarantee I spent more time on this than I would have on a book review. (Of course, I do read and write quickly.)
But now I know that encyclopedia articles have a low level of importance. Oh well. I’ve done one. If I see an encyclopedia on a topic I am passionate about, I’ll probably write one again.