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26 J. Crim. Just. Educ. 1 (2015)

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Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2015
Vol. 26, No. 1, 1-21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2014.915334



Perceptions of the Trend of Collaborative

Publications: Results from a Survey of

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Department Chairs



        Richard Lemke, Lee Michael Johnson and
        David Jenks





     Department heads are unique academic positions which can bridge the
     worlds of faculty and administration. As such, they are sometimes in the
     unique  position where their perceptions and experiences can  have
     real-world impact in the realm of assessing a coleague's work, tweaking
     departmental policies of promotion and advancement, and mentoring. While
     faculty members of all levels have opinions of colaboration, department
     heads are the leaders who can actualy act upon those perceptions, yet
     these perceptions have not been examined. This study addresses this gap in
     a survey of Criminal Justice and Criminology department heads (n= 73). The
     survey varied authorship order, journal prestige, medium of journal, and
     also examined co-author prestige. In addition, 12 years of 20 criminal
     justice journals were coded  for solo-authored publications. Results
     demonstrated differential publication trends between top tier and lower
     tiered journals, and that department heads attributed these trends as a
     combination of increasing social research networks and more pragmatic
     concerns. Of particular interest, is the differential value respondents placed
     on  solo-authored work and colaborative work even when  taking into
     consideration prestige of the journal.

Over recent  decades, multi-authored articles grew to replace single-authored
articles as the norm in criminal justice, criminology, and other social science
journals, especially among  articles reporting on quantitative studies. While
other scholars have highlighted the trend across time or between journals, a
controversy emerges  from  the perceived causes of this trend or how it may
impact the administrative decisions within academia as collaborative research
and writing have potential benefits and drawbacks. Perhaps the  main benefit
of collaboration is that the expertise of multiple scholars may be employed
to produce better work  and meet  the current demand  for more sophisticated
analyses. Collaboration may even be a current necessity, as it can be difficult
to meet   tenure, promotion,  and other  advancement   requirements  through



   Routledge
   Taylor&FrandsGmup  D 2014 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

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