ERIC Number: ED295083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Patterns and Correlates of Research Productivity in Population Scientists.
Richards, James M., Jr.
Although a concern with population issues has gone out of fashion, the problems underlying that concern have not disappeared. Solving these problems would be facilitated by increased knowledge produced by scientists working directly on population issues. A study was conducted to explore patterns and correlates of research productivity of members (N=2,713) of the Population Association of America (PAA). Five measures of research productivity for the years 1981 to 1985 were examined: (1) number of presentations at PAA meetings; (2) number of times appeared as an author in the population journal "Demography"; (3) number of times served as editorial consultant for "Demography"; (4) number of publications listed in "Population Index"; and (5) number of times listed as principal investigator in the federal inventory of population research. The results revealed that the five criteria of research productivity were related to predictors, including demographic characteristics, educational and work background, and past productivity. Measures of research productivity were highly skewed. The best predictor of research productivity was previous productivity in the same area. Productivity was also associated with younger age, a research-oriented educational background, and perhaps a greater commitment to the population field. The results illustrate the usefulness of data from public records for research on the psychology of scientists. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).