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Research & Scholarship / Re: breaking into top journals in my field
« Last post by pigou on Today at 09:30:57 AM »
Thank you for the responses.
"Not buying it". I don't know what to say. I have been truthful. I was told by an editor at a top journal in my field that having an institution as low ranking as my own would not look good for his journal. He had nothing but praise for my article and suggested a lower ranking, but still somewhat prestigious journal where it did get published.

Sorry, I didn't mean that I don't believe your story, but that this seems like an unlikely explanation that applies broadly. Journals don't benefit from the reputation of the university of the publishing authors. They do benefit from citations, but those aren't tightly related.

This differs from book publishers, who benefit from sales and a famous author is going to sell more books... and a top university has a PR department that helps promote the book.
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General Academic Discussion / Re: Creative cost cutting ideas
« Last post by pepsi_alum on Today at 09:16:15 AM »
At my last place, the way we filled the budget gap without layoffs included:

1) Increasing class sizes, especially at the 100 and 200 level.

2) Slashing the budget for reader-graders in classes of less than 100 students;

3) Cutting the number of course releases available to faculty for service/administrative work. This was the most controversial and obviously unpopular, but I understand why it was done. There were a few senior people who had managed to “work the system” to get extra course releases beyond what was intended.


I’m not a huge fan of severely curtailing printing. One of my previous places did it (to the extent that faculty had to pay to print midterm and final exams), and it ended up becoming a major source of bad morale that eventually was overturned. I can understand having a monthly quota that faculty shouldn’t exceed, but I’d say to be sure it’s a realistic number.
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General Discussion / Re: Share your hypochondria here
« Last post by clean on Today at 09:03:07 AM »
I just wrapped up 2 online, seven week long classes. I spent the last week grading, grading, grading.  Last Tuesday, or maybe it was Thursday, I sat in my chair grading for most of the day. When I got up my calf hurt. It hurt for 2 days!  Now, I am seriously out of breath even walking from the parking garage to the building with my office. It is only about 100 yards or so, and by the time I got to the elevator (no way I could take the stairs!) i was worried I was going to pass out!  I had a meeting on Monday across campus and I was thinking while on the way that i might have to sit down!

My hypochondria is that I have developed a pulminary embolism (which I can not spell).  I may simply be at the starting stages of bronchitis or something like that.  But that is my current worry.

On the positive side, I have an appointment with my ENT for my annual allergy check up to see how much longer Ill be taking shots.  Ill see what he has to say about it... whether he wants to refer me to another specialist or send me back to my regular doctor first. 

It's hell getting old. I dont think I m ready for this... and no one survives getting old - and another birthday looms!
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General Discussion / Re: Dancin' fools....what's your favorite(s)?
« Last post by clean on Today at 08:54:23 AM »
I have a dream/desire to learn to dance. I really like Swing. I dont know enough about it to say I prefer East Coast Swing or West Coast Swing, but I like that one. 
A coworker used to have a dance class one night a week over the semester for 2 hours. He would do one dance in the first hour and a different one in the second.  He covered all sorts of dances from Tango, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, sometimes swing, and Im sure there is another popular dance I can not think of that was in his rotation.

He would go to Brigham Young University in the summer for one of their dance classes.  He got me interested in going to one too.  However, I just havent felt that I was in shape to go and dance for hours on hours a day for a week! 

On the bad side, my girlfriend would like to dance, but she is not good at it at all!, and she would (selfishly!) want me to dance with HER If we were to go out!  Maybe someday ill get off of my fat ass and start moving and maybe even pay for private lessons in addition to the local church mixers that sponsor dance classes. 
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General Discussion / Re: every states pension crisis ranked
« Last post by clean on Today at 08:45:21 AM »
I think that another statistic that would matter would be to take the pension deficit and divide it by the state's annual budget.  For my current state, the pension shortfall is about 26% the size of the annual budget this year! 

Of course, part of this problem, from my recollection of the accounting treatment for pension plans, is a result of the decade plus long period of low interest rates.  The low rates has 2 impacts.  The Liability created by the promised pensions is much higher when the interest rate is small.  The second is that the ability for the investments to grow to help pay for those liabilities is hampered when the return is low.  (and all returns are based on the Risk Free rate, influenced by the Federal Reserve).  So, IF we were forecasting 'more normal' (whatever THAT means)  interest rates (were interest rates were closer to the historic mean), then the liability would be lower and the potential returns higher, thus reducing the funding deficit. 

Still, IF someone in the state got a bee in their bonnet to close this funding gap, in the short term, assuming a balanced state budget, taxes would have to go up by 5% if someone tried to close this shortfall over 5 years, and 2% over 10!  What impact would a 2% increase in your sales tax (or property taxes) have on YOU?

Illinois has been the state on my radar for the worst case.  They have a shortfall of 136.9 Billion!!  (CA has the highest at 190B, but CA has a much bigger economy and is much better funded).  New Jersey looks to be even worse,with a funding shortfall of  142.3B!  However, I do not know how NJ and IL economies compare, but Im pretty sure that even combined their economies are smaller than CA!

Anyway, I am glad that I am in the Optional Retirement Account, rather than the Defined Benefit account.  Over the next 10 or 12 or 15 years, before I plan to begin to collect Social Security, I will be shifting as much as I can from traditional accounts to Roth accounts to minimize total income tax liabilities. 
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FWIW, since this isn't about journals, but still seems relevant:

While I was at my previous position, I was obsessed with getting my second book project published by a top press:  I wanted to publish out.  So I looked at everything that I could find online about academic book publishing.  Here's the most discouraging statement that I found:

"Not speaking for OUP, but however rare it might be if a topic and/or a manuscript is very good, we would certainly consider it despite the current status of the author. That being said, the reputation, credentials, and name recognition of an author are not insignificant factors in a publishers ability to promote and sell a book, so publication decision do have to factor these things in."

I was then an "underemployed academic, and despaired.  I have since landed a job as an "underworked academic" (R1, 2-2, sabbatical. etc).  I couldn't get a book contract for my ms when I was in my previous position.  Now I have a contract from Ivy U. Press--for the same project.

The Soviets used to say "This is no coincidence."  But maybe it is.  I'll never know. 
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Research & Scholarship / Re: breaking into top journals in my field
« Last post by cointegrated on Today at 07:41:29 AM »
Thank you for the responses.
"Not buying it". I don't know what to say. I have been truthful. I was told by an editor at a top journal in my field that having an institution as low ranking as my own would not look good for his journal. He had nothing but praise for my article and suggested a lower ranking, but still somewhat prestigious journal where it did get published.
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Fun and Games / Re: Only Really Exciting Posts
« Last post by archaeo42 on Today at 07:23:01 AM »
I've finished my coffee.
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General Discussion / Re: East Coast Area Meetup, Broadly Configured?
« Last post by archaeo42 on Today at 07:19:54 AM »
Apologies Mamselle, I wasn't able to get on until now. This coming weekend (10/19-10/21) is out for me.
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General Discussion / Re: Paralysis Analysis Renewed!
« Last post by mamselle on Today at 07:02:13 AM »
Good day to all who are out and about!

Today:
 Leave soon
  Get packet folders for and mtg
  Put some stuff in them,
  Prep other stuff later
  Lunch with a friend
  Teach Music students
  Library, maybe...more work on 17th c. stone probated
  Write blog summary to send instead of now-orphaned article, so as to not burn bridges
 Home
  Prep for mtg tomorrow, and teaching
 Recline and rest...

I've got to get back to the longer list, there's still stuff on it to be done. But this will do for now!

M.
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