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Societal impact not perceived to boost careers, finds study

Researchers in agricultural and environmental economics don't believe that their careers will be enhanced by publishing in journals with high societal impact, according to research led by the University of Manchester.

About 900 individuals responded when academic societies in the fields around the world were approached with a survey. Respondents were asked to use best-worst scaling to rank a list of 23 journals against the prospect of publication enhancing career progression and having impact beyond academia.

The results published in the paper Journals, Preferences and Publishing in Agricultural and Environmental Economics show respondents did not perceive a relationship between the two criteria, despite recent efforts to incorporate impact into research assessments.

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