I'm on the job market "for real" this year (last year, I tested the waters). I decided to revamp my research statement to focus completely on this new area that I have been investigating since 2009. Because all my investigations utilize a six month or one year longitudinal design (I haven't had enough funding to do anything past one year… my budget is indeed a "shoe string budget"), I do not have many publications in this new area. However, I do have a variety of papers currently in preparation, under review and have given a variety of paper/poster presentations.
I want to highlight in my research statement that I am most certainly a scholar in this area by sharing some of my findings from my in preparation manuscripts, under review manuscripts, and paper/poster presentations. The problem is, I feel like this may be "padding" my research statement, not to mention providing citations for each of these would be a nightmare. For example, I have a few under review and in preparation with the same authors (I'm first author) and of course would not be able to include a date, i.e., X & Y, 2011a versus X & Y, 2011b versus X & Y, 2011c. (Hopefully, this part makes sense). And because of this, I will not be able to distinguish each of these studies.
I was wondering what would be the best practice in cases like this. Should I mention something like "In a paper, current under review (or in preparation), I found…" or would it be best to try to include a citation for them to refer to at the end? I feel like the statement would be the best as it is not as misleading as a citation, even if the citation mentions and under review manuscript (could you mention an in preparation manuscript this way?). I also feel like I would be saying the statement a number of times.
One more thing: This would not be an overwhelming concern if I had presented a paper or poster on each of these topics. Some of the presentations will occur in the future. What would be the best practice for referring to these studies?
About the schools, these are not R1s and I do not think these would be considered R2s either. Some of the psychology programs have master degrees, whereas some have only bachelors.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!