professional advice from scatterplot

Over at Scatterplot, there have been some really helpful posts on academic issues:

  1. Shamus on book contracts.
  2. Olderwoman on ASA submission.
  3. Jeremy on the oddly intrusive IRB policies at Northwestern.
  4. Andrew on IRB mission creep.


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Written by fabiorojas

February 24, 2012 at 12:01 am

Posted in academia, fabio

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  1. I know this comment has nothing to do with the post above – though thank you for the links, very helpful! – but I was wondering what organizational theory has to say about this post by political scientist Daniel Drezner. It seems that the perspective that leaks and whistle-blowing reflect in-fighting within organizations seems to imply that organizational theory has a lot to say about the topic:



    February 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

  2. I followed your links and I am left scratching my head. How do 2-4 constitute “really helpful posts.” 3 and 4 are about blowing off steam. 2 was downright strange. After dangling the carrot of access to super-secret “insider” data of questionable quality and comparability before our eyes, the “take home messages” were that 1) some regular sessions have more submissions than others, 2) you have no control over the number of people who are submitting to a session, 3) when a niche is small enough, the small number of papers that fill it are likely to be accepted, and 4) those who organize the sessions shape the program. This sort of thing has more or less been par for the course over there since they shifted away from non-sublimated neurosis-blogging. It was a much better and more helpful blog then.



    February 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  3. Ha! When it comes to SP, I have to agree: non-sublimated neurosis-blogging > sublimated neurosis-blogging.



    February 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

  4. Annie/Rich: I had a blog before Scatterplot, and, lo, there I really did some non-sublimated neurosis blogging, and enjoyed blogging a lot more. Then blogs became much more conspicuous, my own job changed in ways that made me feel much more conspicuous, and my feelings about putting myself Out There dramatically downshifted accordingly. I feel like I haven’t gotten my blog-legs back since. Not sure how other members of SP feel about their own blogging.

    (Also, frankly, I am nowadays a fair bit more psychologically… robust than I was during some points when I had my own blog — tenure and relationship stability are marvelous things — so I’m not sure how good I would personally be at neurosis-blogging anymore even if I really went for it. That said, of course: I am still plenty neurotic.)



    February 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  5. Jeremy, Pleased you took my comment at face-value. I genuinely got a lot out of SP before you “moved on” and have largely stopped reading it. Perfectly understandable that you _had_ to move on (and good news that you _could_move on). Still, I miss the honesty, intelligence, and relentless puncturing of pretense that prevailed at SP when you were at the helm. You produced some “really helpful posts.”



    February 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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