The Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV): Scholarship and research section: Publications

If you are applying for a position that is research focused this section will be the most important one on your CV and should therefore follow immediately after the personal information, employment history, and education and training sections. If you are applying to a position where teaching will be the focus, move the research section further down in your CV.

The first thing to list in your scholarship and research section is peer-reviewed (refereed) journal articles. These publications are how research productivity and impact are measured. You might have several categories for these articles including published papers (e.g. articles that have been published online or in print by the journal), papers accepted and in press (e.g. articles accepted by the journal that are in production for publication), and papers under review (e.g. articles that you have submitted to a journal that are under consideration for publication). I sometimes see a category called “manuscripts in preparation” on CVs and I personally don’t like this category. When I see this on a CV I have no way of knowing what stage the publication is at and therefore cannot fully evaluate it. You may be submitting it next week or it might be an idea for a project that you haven’t even started yet: I have no way of knowing that. I often think that this is a way for people to pad their CV and it’s a warning sign for me. If you are going to include items in this category then list the authors, the title, the journal you intend to submit to, and the date of anticipated submission. Those details will make me more likely to believe that you have an actual manuscript in preparation. Pick a citation format for listing your publications that is commonly used in your field of research and use it consistently throughout your CV.

When you are starting out in your research career you may have contributed to a book. For example, I have been invited several times to author book chapters on various topics. I list these in a category called “Invited Book Chapters” and provide the details. It is important to note whether the book has been published, is in press, or to provide a date that the chapter was accepted for publication. In book citations you must remember that the format is different than journal articles and that the names of editors are included.

If your research has practical applications you may have contributed to other forms of publications such as policy development, handbooks, guides, etc. Make sure that you capture these publications in an “Other publications” section. You may also want to include an “Intellectual Property” section in order to include any patents that you may hold.

In my next post I’ll address how to list research funding.

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