Factors differentiating between those academics who do and who do not publish refereed works

Brian Hemmings, Erica Smith, Peter Rushbrook

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The study reported here focuses on the factors that contribute to the production or non-production of refereed publications by academics. A literature review revealed that factors associated with an academic's personal characteristics, attitude to work, and workplace circumstances could influence publication output. Academics from a large Australian regional university were surveyed and useable responses from 205 staff members were obtained. The results of chi-square tests showed that certain factors were not significantly related to academic output and, as a consequence, were omitted from the multivariate analysis. This analysis, using a logistic regression, demonstrated that high levels of confidence in writing for refereed publications, being male, and holding a senior academic position were predictive of producing refereed publications, and that the first factor was the most important predictor. The implications of this study for current higher educational practice and future research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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