How Your Academic Success Can Clog Your Publication Pipeline
You didn’t become a professor by being lazy! Then why does it feel so hard to publish the amount of your work in line with your expertise? Maybe you just need to work harder? NO! You need to work differently.
You’ve become very good at making decisions that have paid off for you in your career. For example: you can recognize and take advantage of opportunities, you are an excellent collaborator, and you pride yourself in being excellent in teaching, research, and service. Colleagues want to work with you, they want your brain on their projects because you are innovative, thoughtful, and you can hustle to make a deadline.
But all of these wonderful characteristics–which have gotten you here–are now EXACTLY what is holding you back. In episode 160 of the podcast, I’m talking about the classic “what got you here won’t get you there” problem of successful academics who are trying to clear their publication pipelines.
Why We Get to the Point of Feeling Defeated
We may think we don’t have enough time, energy, or resources to publish consistently or successfully, and while some of those things may be externally true, the main reason for getting to the point of frustration in your publication pipeline is not for any of those reasons that are going on in your head, it’s actually because you’ve been successful.
Positive ‘Ways of Being’ as an Academic
You have likely become a professor at a university, by developing ways of working, and habits of being that are very positive.
You Can Recognize and Take Advantage of Opportunities
You’ve honed this ability to see an opportunity, act with your brain and energy on it, and turn it into something beneficial for your career. You make your way through your PhD, move into your career, collaborate with others, write grants, etc. There is nothing bad or wrong about any of that until you are so overloaded with projects that you can’t make the time to write, which is what you need to do to publish on those projects.
What to Do Unclog Your Publication Pipeline
We don’t want to lose all of your wonderful abilities, we just want to start thinking about boundaries and curation, and keep them in check.
You can change strategies and begin to choose to slow down and you can be much more selective in the projects you take on so that your impact on your field and that change you want to see in the world will be able to happen because you are more curated in your choice of projects.
This is a situation of “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” because what got you here will get you to burnout.
We need to begin to refine those habits that got us here in order to make room for more curated publication pipelines that are not dependent on chasing every possible opportunity. Ultimately, the more curated your career is, the more impactful it is.
If you sit with a clogged publication pipeline for years, you will feel frustrated, your self-confidence will be low, and that most important thing, your Scholar’s Voice, will be muted.
Making new choices and developing new habits and new ways of being is hard. Our Navigate Program is a different way to approach your career. Our first step is Navigate, and we help you navigate the academic world in a really different way than you’ve been conditioned to do.
If you’re ready to start that journey of refining your academic habits with a team of coaches and community around you, check out the link below to join the waitlist for our next Navigate cohort.
“That success that you’ve been able to achieve and those ways of being that you’ve developed so that you can be where you are, are now the ways of being that are clogging your pipeline.”
“When you are intentional about the projects you take on, you will choose the most impactful projects for your career, and you will then be able to get impactful publications out.”
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