So why were there some idiots posting on here the other day on a now-deleted thread arguing that pubs (unless they are solo APSR, I think one poster argued) completely don't matter and that good word of mouth from ones adviser alone is sufficient for landing an R1 job, even if you're a job candidate from a PhD program which falls into this sub-T15 category?
Seems to me that this might have been one of the dumbest arguments (at least of the ones for which the persons putting forth the argument seem to genuinely believe it rather than to be trolling) we have seen on here; and this is PSR we are talking about!
Candidates from these sorts of programs who *do* have pubs have been striking out, so what would make someone so stupid as to think that a candidate from a sub-T15 program who doesn't have any pubs would stand a chance at a TT R1 job?
Just trying to make themselves feel better maybe?
So here is a challenge I pose to PSR readers out there:
Can anybody offer a counter-example to the proposition that is the title of this post by naming a candidate from one of these programs (outside T15, once again) who had zero peer-reviewed pubs at the time they were hired for a TT position by an R1 in this current market environment (so let's say within the last four years)?
I am pretty sure that this is either a null set or at best one with a couple of extraordinary cases of diversity hires, but it would be nice to get some confirmation of this.
This one needs to be put to rest so there is no confusion.