How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant
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How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant

Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment

Edited by Friederike Welter and David Urbano

Everyone wants their research to be read and to be relevant. This exciting new guide presents a broad range of ideas for enhancing research impact and relevance. Bringing together researchers from all stages of academic life, it offers a far-reaching discussion of strategies to optimise relevancy in the modern research environment.
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Chapter 13: The life cycle of academia and its impact on early career researchers publishing behaviour

Philipp Julian Ruf and Philipp Köhn


Over the last few decades academia has changed dramatically. Increasing online presence of journals and enhanced exposure of academic researchers demand from every participant maximum effort to stay ahead of the game and to follow a structured and goal-oriented publishing approach. This is essential for building a reputation, and publishing in well-known journals is crucial for an academic career. To help early career researchers on their path to excellence, Chapter 13 takes common marketing theories and applies them to publishing in academia. It argues that researchers and research topics have a certain life cycle, which need to be matched, in order to publish successfully. Employing a literature review and a qualitative in-depth interview, the chapter identifies different phases of research topics and the careers of researchers. By merging both, it develops the Life Cycle of Academic Publishing (LCAP) model, which helps young researchers to structure their working practices and supports the publishing of papers.

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