Publishing in the academy: An arts‑based, metaphorical refection towards self‑care

Barton, Georgina ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2703-238X and Bromdal, Annette ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1307-1794 and Burke, Katie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1086-8981 and Fanshawe, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7399-7663 and Farwell, Vicki and Larsen, Ellen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4293-2485 and Pillay, Yosheen (2022) Publishing in the academy: An arts‑based, metaphorical refection towards self‑care. Australian Educational Researcher. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0311-6999

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Abstract

Publishing in the academy is a high-stakes activity often used to measure academic staf progress and inform promotion. Many universities have increased pressure on academics, even at the earliest stages of their careers, to publish in high-ranking journals resulting in increased stress and uncertainty. The authors of this paper are members of a writing group in an Australian regional university, established to support each other towards success in quality research and publishing. Over the 2020–2021 summer semester, six members of the group decided to reflect on their experiences, emotions and outcomes throughout the writing process by participating in four refective arts-based activities. Theoretical frameworks of refection and metaphor were used to share findings. Strong evidence of having to grapple with meeting university expectations in tension with personal goals and passions was ever-present. The importance of drawing on both personal resources and significant others to manage these tensions through self-care practices was also evident. Implications resulting from this research include recognising the pressures placed on academics to publish only in specifically ranked journals. Overall, the arts-based refection was critical in uncovering deeper feelings about the pressures of publishing and supporting higher education employees’ well-being and self-care during the writing process.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2022 23:14
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2022 01:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academia; Publish or perish; Accountability; Refection; Arts-based research; Metaphor; Self-care
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00547-y
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49380

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