We define top journals (TJ) as journals in the life sciences with impact factor of at least 4.00. Although a subjective cut-off level, we argue—on the basis of our quantitative and qualitative interviews and our focus-group discussion with biology professors in our research team and at the first three authors' own university—that this cut-off value reasonably demarcates top journals from non-top journals in the life sciences.
Research experiences and mentoring practices in selected east asian graduate programs: Predictors of research productivity among doctoral students in molecular biology
Article first published online: 1 APR 2014
© 2014 The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 305–322, July/August 2014
How to Cite
Ynalvez, R., Garza-Gongora, C., Ynalvez, M. A. and Hara, N. (2014), Research experiences and mentoring practices in selected east asian graduate programs: Predictors of research productivity among doctoral students in molecular biology. Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ., 42: 305–322. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20794
Given the scarcity of studies focusing on the socialization of doctoral science students to scientific life, the DMP and DRE items used in this study were generated from available studies, such as those of Delamont and Atkinson and Ynalvez and Shrum . Aside from these sources, we also created items from our own original qualitative interviews in 2004-2005 with n = 30 Filipino scientists in top Philippine research institutions. Those scientists pursued doctoral training in Australia, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States. In those face-to-face qualitative interviews, we explicitly asked our respondents to share with us their experiences with and stories about their mentors, and their journey toward obtaining their doctoral degrees.
If respondent was based in Japan, then Japan = 1 and Singapore = 0. If respondent was based in Singapore, then Japan = 0 and Singapore = 1. If respondent was based in Taiwan, then Japan = 0 and Singapore = 0.
By mean-centering respondents' age, we are able to include a linear and a quadratic term for age in our regression models. The inclusion of these terms is consistent with the methodological literature and reflects the curvilinear relationship between age and the three measures of research productivity.
- Issue published online: 21 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 1 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 16 AUG 2013
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