University lecturer publication output: Qualifications, time, and confidence count

Brian Hemmings, Russell Kay

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The authors of this article report on an investigation of factors which differentiate between university lecturers in relation to publication output. The study drew on data from lecturers working full-time at two large Australian universities. Measures of research publication output were used to select two groups of lecturers (N1=119; N2=119), that is, those without or with very few publications and those with impressive publication records. Because of the differing metrics of the selected factors, both logistic regression and discriminant analysis were employed to test the discriminative capacity of the various factors and models incorporating some of the factors. A range of factors, including qualifications held, proportion of work time devoted to research tasks, and the confidence assigned by lecturers to the execution of certain research tasks, were found to differentiate between the two groups. A logistic regression model incorporating these factors showed good fit of the data as indicated by the omnibus test result (p<0.001) and a Cox and Snell R2 value of 0.57. The implications of these results are examined from the perspectives of both university managers, who may wish to create an environment that fosters greater research and publication, and those who engage in these activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


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