Monday is SWAG day.
SWAG stands for Scientific Writing Accountability Group, and I co-founded it with two very smart ladies.
We are emerging scholars in the field of health care management, and we are trying to get our research careers started.
Why is this important?
In a world where you either publish or perish, getting projects started (and finished) is imperative for success.
Conducting an entire research project on your own is rare after your dissertation. At best, you can publish one or two papers out of your dissertation. And that is the best-case scenario.
Getting tenure requires several publications. Depending on where you are, that could be as many as 5 or 6 “A” publications. If one is from your dissertation, you would still need 5 more by the time your tenure clock runs out.
The reality of the field is that you can’t wait until after you finish your degree to get a pipeline of research projects that will lead to publications started.
The three of us are at different stages of our careers, but we all have the same goal: get some research published. We worked together to create a professional development workshop in the past. So, we decided to continue working together. Our goal: to become a super productive research team!
What are we doing?
Almost every Monday, we have a one hour call with the following goals:
- Make progress in our joint research project.
- Serve as accountability partners for our joint research and for our individual projects (mostly finishing our dissertations and publishing from our dissertations).
- Serve as moral support for when life happens (because life happens).
The first project is just getting started. We have a research question and data. We are now in the process of analyzing and writing.
It took a while to get there, though. Starting new research projects with people who have about the same experience as you is tough. But it also provides immense learning opportunities.
The research process has a lot of ups and downs, and I have no doubt we will experience those as we make progress on our goal. But the journey is already fun because of the amazing ladies I am sharing it with!