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Title Fragmented Publication
Long Title Fragmented Publication
Contributor/Contact Jamie Rubin, PhD? (jsr9@columbia.edu)
Contributor Details Jamie Rubin, PhD?
Assistant Dean
Assistant Vice President for Research Administration at the College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-3702
CTSA Columbia
Case Study Provided Esther Brezinska is an Assistant Professor at a medical school where she has been employed in a tenure-track appointment since completing a productive postdoctoral research fellowship five years ago. Two years ago, she was awarded her first investigator-initiated grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is now anticipating preparation of the competitive renewal application for submission next year. She will also be evaluated for promotion to associate professor and award of tenure next year.

Dr. Brezinska has developed a successful technique for culturing prostatic epithelial cells. Her NIH grant was awarded on the basis of that success and the promise that the technique holds for testing a variety of growth promoting and inhibitory substances. Her work has important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

At this juncture, Dr. Brezinska has tested two hormones and two growth factors with positive and potentially exciting results. Experiments utilizing five more substances are in various stages of progress, and she has plans to test five additional agents. She believes that it is time to publish these results beyond the abstracts and poster presentations that she has regularly presented at meetings as the work progressed. Now she faces a dilemma.

The most prestigious journal in her field requests that authors "not separate fragments of a study into individual reports, but rather strive for full development of a topic". On the other hand, she suspects that the medical school's promotion committee emphasizes numbers of publications over the quality of content when reviewing the bibliographies of tenure candidates. She wonders if the NIH study section that will review her renewal application will be similarly disposed. It would be easy to write up the results of the first four experiments as a single report, since they are closely related, but it might be of strategic value to have four separate references in her curriculum vitae.
Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership Topics No Data acquisition_management_sharing and ownership Topics
Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities Topics No mentor and trainee responsibilities topics
Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship Topics
The significance of authorship,
Inappropriate authorship practices,
Scientific responsibilities of authors,
Poor publication practices
Peer Review Topics No peer review topics
Collaborative Science Topics No collaborative science topics
Research Misconduct Topics No research misconduct topics
Conflicts of Interest, Law and Policy Topics No conflicts of interest_law_and policy topics
Human Subjects No human subjects
Citation Korenman, S. G., and Shipp, A.C. Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research Through a Case Study Approach-A Handbook for Instructors. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Medical Colleges, 1994.

RCR Keyword Research Paper, Journal
Other RCR Keywords Abstracts; Assistant Professor; Competitive Renewal; Culturing Prostatic Epithelial Cells; Diagnosis; Investigator-initiated Grant; Journal; Not Separate Fragments of a Study; Poster Presentations; Publish fully Developed Research; Tenure-track; Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Type of Case

Source for Topic Areas Du Bois, J., & Dueker, J. (2009). Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report. Journal of Research Administration, 40(1), 49-70.


Topic revision: r1 - 03 Nov 2011 - 19:38:30 - DebieSchilling
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