March 31st 2015
Students in today’s graduate programs are being pressured more and more to publish substantial amounts of articles and book chapters before receiving their PhDs. We are constantly told that in order to compete on the cutthroat job market for academic positions, we will be expected to have a semi-extensive publication record. Such expectations have forced graduate students to seek almost every opportunity to submit work for publication.
Oftentimes, a generous faculty member who is an established scholar in his/her field identifies a promising graduate student and offers an opportunity to collaborate on a project for publication. As great as this opportunity can be, it can also pose some challenges for students. Below are strategies graduate students can use to ensure that things run smoothly and that the relationship is strengthened from the process.