Developing a Research Profile INHR Research week Professor Kader Parahoo University of Ulster 20TH May, 2014 • A doctoral qualification is the highest academic qualification one can obtain. • A doctoral study is the start of a research career...........not the end of it! YOUR PROFESSION NEEDS YOU ! Main points • What is a research profile? • Main considerations in developing a research profile. • Why develop a research profile? What is a research profile? A track record in: • Publications • Research • Conference presentation • Research supervision (build a team) • Membership of committees, panels, (editorial)boards etc. • International collaboration Research Interests My research is primarily focused on evaluating the efficacy of group- and individual-based stress management interventions on reducing distress, and improving quality of life and physical health among older adults (> 50 yrs.) with chronic illnesses such as Cancer and HIV. I am particularly interested in how psychosocial factors such as stress, coping and personality style may interact with health behaviors (e.g., treatment adherence), neuroendocrine function and the age-related decrements in immune function (i.e., immunosenescence) seen in older populations. More specifically, I am interested in how stress and other psychosocial factors may interact with, and exacerbate, age-related decrements in immune function that may promote disease progression in Cancer and HIV. What marks a desirable research profile? • enough output to have an impact; • output in areas of strategic importance; • high quality. Rayner (2012) • Do experts in your area know your work? • Have you worked with them on projects / committees? Exercise and well-being in older people Example of potential Projects: • Exercise and quality of life • Exercise and constipation • Exercise and appetite..food consumption...weight • Physiological effects of exercise - Develop interventions - Develop tools - Carry out systematic reviews Understanding & supporting men and cancer A Programme of work Users, Clinicians, Voluntary Sector & Academics Information and support needs of newly diagnosed cancer patients To explore how men with prostate cancer experience the effects of radiotherapy treatment over a period of 18 months, post-treatment Exploring and comparing the experience and coping behaviour of men and women with colorectal cancer: a qualitative longitudinal study The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer: A systematic review Information seeking behaviour of men living with cancer: experiences of support groups Developing & evaluating a couple-based intervention for men with prostate cancer and their partners: A feasibility study Multi-site RCT Living with and beyond prostate cancer: Does more investigation result in better health? A study of the impact on men of increased and variable investigation and treatment of prostate cancer in the Island of Ireland Publications • ISI journals ISI Highly Cited is a database of "highly cited researchers"—scientific researchers whose publications are most often cited in academic journals over the past decade, published by the Institute for Scientific Information. Inclusion in this list is taken as a measure of the esteem of these academics and is used, for example, by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. WIKIPEDIA 2012 Journal impact factors Journal impact factors (IFs) are scores based on citation analysis that are calculated annually through Thomson-Reuters’ Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) and published in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) each June for the preceding year. Top 10 nursing journals in 2008 1. Birth – Issues in Perinatal Care (2.84) 2. International Journal of Nursing Studies (2.31) 3. Oncology Nursing Forum (2.21) 4. Cancer Nursing (1.71) 5. Journal of Advanced Nursing (1.65) 6. Nursing Research (1.54) 7.Pain Management Nursing (1.54) 8. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (1.47) 9. Research in Nursing & Health (1.46) 10. Journal of Clinical Nursing (1.38) Hirst index (H factor) The h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications. The index was suggested by Jorge E. Hirsch, a physicist at UCSD, as a tool for determining theoretical physicists' relative quality and is sometimes called the Hirsch index or Hirsch number. Other indexes: • Egghe's g-index • Zhang's e-index • Contemporary h-index • Age-weighted citation rate (AWCR) and AW-index • Quality should always be the first goal. This doesn't mean that articles in lower impact journals that explain and promote your work is not valuable. It certain is sensible and important to make your work available to as wide an audience as possible, and to keep your name and that of your unit and university in the public arena. Rayner (2012) How can individuals develop their research profiles • It is a lifetime project • Can be daunting for beginners • Requires basic training (research methodology, proposal writing, publishing, presentation/dissemination skills etc.) • Requires focus • Develop a research programme • Work with others (networking) • Requires motivation, incentive and self-discipline. Organisations’ responsibility • Recognise the importance and value of research and its potential benefit to the organisation. • Support researchers through training, protected time, rewards and investment. • Provide the infrastructure to encourage and facilitate research. Conclusions • Research productivity depends on individuals and on the organisations in which they work. • Individuals must perceive research as an essential component of the make-up of academics, not as an add-on or hobby. • Organisations must recognise provide the support and environment in which research can flourish. The success of individuals is also the success of the organisation. J C W Rayner http://www.newcastle.edu.au/Resources/Schools/Mathematical%20and%20Physical %20Sciences/Publications%20Lists/Samples/rayner_john_on_building_an_academic _research_profile.pdf Owen S Maslin-Prothero S E (2001) Developing your research profile Nurse Education In Practice , 1, 5–11.