By Justin Caouette
This post is somewhat related to the last couple of posts by Marcus regarding the CV (see here and here) and it's also related to the job market bootcamp that he and Helen run) but it's a bit narrow which is why I thought a new post would be apt.
I've been curious about when to put certain publications on the dossier, so, any advice from the community at large will be helpful here.
I have been commissioned to write a total of 5 book chapters over the next year. Some of them I have already signed contracts for while others I have not (just waiting on the paperwork). For some of these chapters I have written extensive abstracts while others I have written no abstract at all. And still others I have completed drafts and have even discussed the content and made changes in light of comments from fellow philosophers and in one case an editor. Okay, so here's my question: when do I put these papers on the CV? Here are the options I have considered and I have ended up endorsing one of them (option 2) , but I'm not so sure this is the best practice, so, let me know if I have done the right thing, or, if another option, one not considered here, seems a bit better.
Option 1: Put them on as soon as I get the preprint.
This seems honest and fair. After all, why put something on a CV if I have yet to get the official green light that it is indeed coming out? The problem with this is that it would force me to leave off what I think are some great lines that could help me stand out from my peers on the job market. I'm not suggesting I put that the article is ACTUALLY out on my CV, but rather that I put it on the CV highlighting what stage of preparation the manuscript is in. We must keep in mind that publications can sometimes take a LONG while to come out and given the time sensitivity for the job market (especially for grad students who have no work lined up after defending their dissertation) it seems irresponsible to leave things off until the last minute. This is what led me to option 2.
Option 2: Put it on the CV and highlight what stage the manuscript is in.
This seems fair but at the same time it seems a bit wrong. To be clear the suggestion is to put these publications under the heading "publication" but detailing in bold what stage this publication is in. So, if it is contracted put contracted and in progress with the details of where it is scheduled to be published. If it is commissioned but not yet contracted put "commissioned and in progress", if it has been contracted and you have seen preprints then put "completed and "to appear", or something along these lines. I am not suggesting we put all of our written work under the heading of publications, after all many if not most of these papers will never make it to that stage so it seems a bit dishonest to label them as such. Here I'm thinking of old term papers or old ideas that have not been commissioned to be elsewhere and do not exist to the world other to you and maybe one or two folks that read it over. However, the papers I'm referring to are much different than that, at least they seem to be. Let's call these papers "purgatory pubs". Purgatory pubs are a bit different in that they have been contracted and/or commissioned to be included in a volume already. This seems significant in itself, at least for someone looking to score a job. Being a person that others have sought out to include in their volume seems to be SOMETHING worth noting, as this shows that others see you as a scholar and as someone worthy of including in their volume. But, I am unsure if this is a practice I should engage in which is why I am opening this up for conversation. Here is a link to how I have discussed these purgatory pubs on my website. Here is a second link to how I currently have them on my CV.
So, I ask you all what you think and what practice you have adopted regarding these purgatory pubs. I take it that my approach will change if and when I actually have an academic job, as the timing of these things will not matter as much, but for now I am erring on the side of putting these under the heading of publications.