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This article discusses the factors that either encourage or discourage academics from publishing in peer-reviewed sources. The authors draw on the findings of a study conducted at a large regional university in Australia. The findings, which are based on both quantitative and qualitative data, reveal that confidence in writing for peer-reviewed publications was the chief factor in accounting for publication output. Other factors related to publishing output included gender, a strong work ethic, completion of a doctoral degree and seniority. The authors conclude that university managers could facilitate the production of publishing output by a number of means, e. g. targeting the building of writing confidence, supporting female academics, and offering incentives to pursue and complete doctoral studies.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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