New research undertaken by the University College Dublin and reported in the THES suggests that “Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching load”.
Interestingly, the research also found that, while early career female academics publish less than their male counterparts, the differences gradually disappear. Furthermore, older academics don’t necessarily publish more than their younger colleagues, although levels of seniority (ie lecturer, reader, professor) do play a part with more senior colleagues publishing more.
To read about all of the findings, go to: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/27/new-analysis-factors-associated-academics-publishing-more-others#ixzz27ezJNh6G
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