Academic career stages poster accepted for EARMA in Oslo

Credit: Stephanie Hicks

I got word last week that our submission was accepted to the EARMA annual conference in Oslo on April 27 to 29, 2020. I was aiming for a session but am happy with a poster. Maybe it is just as well as I am presenting something very small, even though its adoption could have a big impact on Researchers and Analysts.

I will present one of our new draft taxonomies for reducing admin burden in data entry by Researchers. Much like CRediT, this one is a proposed standard list (or taxonomy) to enable a Researcher in an academic setting to self-classify her current career stage. There are 7 options in our proposed standard list of career stages:

  1. Education
  2. Training
  3. Consolidation
  4. Exploration
  5. Progression
  6. Independence
  7. Leadership

This kind of question is often on application forms posted by funders (usually as a dropdown pick-list in a webform). Our UK community of subject experts thought it would be smart to have a standard list – rather than forcing Researchers to use a different classification for each funder they interact with. A standard list also improves comparability of collected information to help analysts.

We are thinking of naming this template/taxonomy TRACS: Taxonomy for Researcher Academic Career Stages.

I look forward to presenting this new solution in Oslo.