That makes it a good day to post a game-plan for pre-publication research communication that I have been kicking around.
A main motivation I have for starting a blog is to communicate more and faster about my research. By the time a peer reviewed journal article comes out years have passed and my research program and most of my enthusiasm for the paper have moved on to other things. Result: I never promote the published paper myself and leave the heavy-lifting to Google Scholar. I could do better for my students, my collaborators, and my own career. Not to mention that by the time publication happens the results seem too stale to communicate to interested stakeholders.
Strategy for Impact
So I’m thinking about the following strategy to announce working papers (as long as I have buy-in from my co-authors of course):
Finish working paper –> Publish to arXiv.org –> Write Blog Post highlighting best charts and tables –> Share Blog Post and link to full paper on Social Media
Publishing to a working paper series is not controversial, at this point, and most if not all economics journals that I know of allow it.
What about including tables and figures from the working paper?
Will this be a problem for later submission to a peer-reviewed journal? To me, it seems equivalent to having the paper in a publicly accessible working paper repository. Especially given that it is common to live-tweet slides from pre-published research these days.
Am I being paranoid to even worry about it? Or would this be skirting the time honored peer-review process to determine what is worthy of attention? Honestly, if average time-to-first review were 3 months, this would be a moot point.
That reminds me, I’m late on a couple of reviews…