Publishing opportunity for grad students?

Brian LePort JohnDave Medina commented earlier today on a good opportunity for grad students through Logos Bible Software.

Logos Bible Software has opened an invitation to graduate students to publish for the Lexham Bible Dictionary. There are already scholars who have agreed to contribute, but I suspect the lines are still open. From the ‘Participate’ page:

But, even though I think this might be a good opportunity, I have to admit that I’m also a little ambivalent to such “publishing endeavors.” If you just want to support a work that you think has legitimate value for the Christian community, great. We need good resources, and it takes good people willing to invest their time to put them together. So, by all means, participate if you want.

But, please don’t do it because you see it as “a great way to earn publication credits,” as the website apparently touts. I read resumes on a pretty regular basis and I have to admit that I skip over anything that has to do with publishing in a “dictionary.” Sure, it may make your publications list a little longer, but anyone who’s paying attention can tell if you’re padding your resume with publications like this. (By the way, book reviews can be viewed the same way.)

Again, I think it’s great to support a needed resource. So, if you want to “give back” to the community, please do. But, don’t do it just to make your resume look a little more impressive. It doesn’t.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on February 1, 2011, in Th.M. Program, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Oops, I just noticed that it was actually JohnDave who posted the original announcement and corrected my post accordingly.

  2. Around Christmas the first call for contributors went forth and I thought about it for about three minutes, then I wondered why they were asking students for submissions and I thought it seemed weird. I don’t know if it is weird, but it did come across as lower quality, but maybe I am judging it by my own paper writing! 🙂

    • It’s actually pretty common to use great students for these projects. I think you’d be surprised how many study bible notes and dictionary entries were actually written by grad students (sometimes even when they have the names of more established scholars on them).

  3. Thanks for pointing that out. Giving back to the community is exactly how I see this.

  4. Which, of course, is also what blogging at its best is all about. So as long as we keep them both in that same frame, we’ll be in good shape.

  5. Seems like this is always the issue; i.e. checking our motives before the Lord. The ideal would be, of course, that everything we do would be as unto the Lord rather than to men; may God help us!

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