I have a couple of submitted manuscripts closely related with the job description. However, the papers are not yet published. Is it okay to use those as writing samples? Although I am the first author, I am not the sole author on these papers. Should I ask my coauthors for their permission? I do see people post unpublished manuscripts on research gate or their own websites all the time. So maybe that's okay. But I just want to be careful. Is there a rule of thumb in terms of choosing writing samples during job application?
Date: 30 Sep 2015 16:28
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A good post from a while back:
I'm starting my 4th year as a post-doc and I'm in the same boat this year. For the Oct 1 deadline schools I submitted a 2013 paper, an in press paper, and one that's under review. I asked a couple faculty and they thought this was a better option than a 6 year old first author Psych Sci paper from 2008 (from a different research area that I'm working in now).
Yup…I am adding an under review as my fourth option since it is really cool research that I'm excited about (I'm a more senior applicant in a current TT position). I think if it is just one of your pubs then it is OK.
Faculty/search committee member here. Absolutely do not be afraid of submitting in-progress work! Submit whatever is your best, most exciting work, that is most representative of what you would like to do in a faculty position.Think about what you want people to ask you about during an interview and give them a chance to read that. Oftentimes that does end up being your in progress work.
Thanks very much! I asked faculties in my current department as well. They also strongly encouraged sending the most exciting work. It doesn't matter if it is still in progress.
Would it ever be advisable to send a poster reprint? I will be presenting a poster soon that will show some exciting new data but there is no way I'll have a sufficiently polished manuscript to send to any but maybe the latest deadlines. I am guessing this is a definite no if they ask for a certain number of reprints (for example, if they want 3 representative publications, they probably don't want one of them to be a poster). But if they simply ask for representative pubs, could it hurt to add a poster reprint along with your papers?