I was reading a blog I follow called “Tomorrow’s Professor” and they posted a discussion being held in the field of Political Science where faculty are double presenting papers at different conferences. I was taught in graduate school that this isn’t something you should do. Would we want our journalists to publish the same story twice? Or is that what we call AP? One argument being made is that many conference presentations are made in front of 10 or less people. I have heard that same argument made in ag comm and ag ed. At our recent ACE meeting we probably had 15 people in the room, and I was excited that it was such a great turn out. At that meeting we discussed a related issue of what determines publication. In the sister association of AAAE authors will present a paper at a regional meeting then present it again, after revisions, to the national meeting. It is published in proceedings CDs both times and then, most of the time, sent to a journal after final revisions. The argument behind this is that each step allows for discussion and better development of the piece. At ACE we typically have published a CD, but this year we moved to a CD only containing abstracts, as some people felt that by putting full papers on the CD, that mind you only 10-15 people get, it is published and shouldn’t be sent to a journal.
I see both sides of these issues. My tenure committee isn’t going to want to see me with only 5 studies I have presented twice and then published, the want to see me doing a multitude of studies presented and published. A few articles that have followed that flow are ok, but it cannot look like I am “milking” the article or study. So I am very cautious in what I publish and where. But I do not feel that a CD is necessarily publication, and I don’t agree with the Political Science field in that you can present twice. AAAE is set up as regional meetings and not every article moves up, so I don’t see the big problem there.
So what constitutes publication? What constitutes presentation? Final presentation? I have taken an article I presented at AAAE and used the same data in a workshop at ACE. Is that double dipping? I am sharing my research (and I cited myself). What do you think?