In my research statement, I currently cite my published papers. Should I provide a reference list at the end of my research statement, or assume that the search committee will look at my CV for that info? Should I remove the in-text citations all together? Thanks!
Date: 03 Oct 2012 19:27
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I cite myself as well, but I was told to delete the reference list because no one would look at it. They can always look at your c.v. if they're curious.
I include the reference list because I cite work that is in preparation (which I adamantly refuse to list on my CV). Also, you want to save people time. So if someone actually takes the time to read your research statement, please don't make them go reference your CV every time they want to look up a citation that you use.
Why would they need to check the citation for "in prep" work"? I have never seen a research statement with a reference list. If you want them to know where the paper is published then just write that next to the cite in your research statement.
I second anon… In my research statement I just put the journal in the citations (AuthorA et al., 2009, J of Awesome Sci). I can't really see the reason for a reference list and have never seen a research statement that had one. If you are citing your most important papers you will have already provided them with reprints in your application, and if they are really interested in the other work that you mention they can find it from the expanded citation with journal info or your CV. A full reference for an in prep work also seems useless, as they can't use it to go read the paper, it doesn't exist yet. If you're discussing your in prep work then simply putting a citation saying (AuthorA, in prep) is giving them the same information as a full citation would. So I come down pretty firmly on the no reference list side.
Moreover, I suspect that if someone on the search committee is super interested in your work, they won't use your CV and search for individual papers, they will google you or look up your name in an article database (also true for prospective students). My advice would be to make it easy for them by setting up a google citations page that lists all your papers in one place (or ResearcherID or ResearchGate or some other web-based pub list where you can link directly to your papers). You could then include the link in your research statement (e.g., A full list of my publications and full-text reprints can be found here: <link to website>). Just a thought.
Interesting ideas. I really like neurogirl's idea of linking to a Google Scholar or similar page. I guess I still don't see any real disadvantages to including the reference list in the research statement. It comes at the end, so it's not disrupting the flow of the text or anything. One advantage to listing citations for in prep work is that they can see your coauthors and author position if you're not first.
I include a reference list. I think your job is to make it as easy as possible for the committee so they should be able to flip to the full reference. I can't imagine worrying about looking pretentious in a faculty application. Funny!