August 31, 2006

What to do about changing your name after marriage

A reader just wrote an interesting question. She is a postdoc with 10 publications under her belt. She writes
"...while I have started using my married name in my social/personal life, I am still in two minds about the idea of changing my name for the purposes of publication.

I wondered if you had any thoughts on this and if there was a 'rule' of sorts in academia about how many papers is too many to change your name. I am still early in my career, so I wondered if you had any thoughts or advice for me on this topic. I don't know anyone who's married after they've started publishing, so I don't have any friends or colleagues I can ask for advice."

She goes on to say that she's thinking of using a hyphenated name for publishing purposes, combining the name she has published under already with her married name. I think this is a good option.

What have others done, and what's your opinion on what works best?

August 27, 2006

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August 14, 2006

One Road to Publishing More

An interesting tidbit today in Inside Higher Ed. In "Sociology, Gender and Higher Ed," Scott Jaschik reports on some research presented at the American Sociological Association Convention in Montreal.

Erin Leahy, Jason Crockett and Laura Hunter of the University of Arizona investigated whether increasing one's area of specialization improved productivity, and whether it helped men more than women (their hypothesis).

The trio of scholars followed the careers and publication records of a group of sociologists and linguists expecting to find that men benefit more than women do from specialization. In fact, they found that specialization had the most impact (for men and women) on productivity: the more specialized scholars are, the more papers they published. In terms of measures of visibility within a field — a measure that could lead to promotion or job offers elsewhere — the research found that women benefit more than men from specialization.


Maybe it's time to ask yourself, "Are you specialized enough?"