The impact of the pandemic on early career researchers: What we already know from the internationally published literature

Herman, Eti and Nicholas, David and Watkinson, Anthony and Rodriguez-Bravo, Blanca and Abrizah, Abdullah and Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Cherifa and Jamali, Hamid R. and Sims, David and Allard, Suzie and Tenopir, Carol and Xu, Jie and Swigon, Marzena and Serbina, Galina and Cannon, Leah Parke (2021) The impact of the pandemic on early career researchers: What we already know from the internationally published literature. Profesional de la Informacion, 30 (2). ISSN 1386-6710, DOI

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In order to take account of the impact of the pandemic on the already changing scholarly communications and work-life of early career researchers (ECRs), the 4-year long Harbingers study was extended for another two years. As a precursor to the study (featuring interviews and a questionnaire survey), currently underway, an analytic review of the pertinent literature was undertaken and its results are presented here. The review focuses on the challenges faced by ECRs and how these compare to the ones more senior researchers have to tackle. In the examination of the literature three general questions are posed: Q1) What are the identifiable and forthcoming impacts of the pandemic-induced financial pressures felt in the Higher Education sector on ECRs' employment and career development prospects? Q2) What are the identifiable and forthcoming pandemic-associated disruptions in the pace/focus/direction of the research undertaking? Have any disruptions been predicted to exert an impact on ECRs' research activities, and if so, with what scholarly consequences? Q3) How is the work-life of ECRs shaping up under the virus-dictated rules of the `new normal' in the research undertaking? What challenges, if any, arise from the changes in practices identified, and what might their potential consequences be for ECRs? The broad conclusion of the study is that the literature leaves little room for doubt: junior researchers are already disproportionally affected by and bear the burden of the ongoing pandemic-incurred hardships and they are likely to remain similarly impacted when more trials, still unfolding, materialise.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19;Pandemic;Restrictions;Lockdowns;Early career researchers;Junior researchers;Young scholars;ECR; Literature review;Prospects;Employment;Career development; Challenges;Financial problems;Future;New normal;Female researchers;Women researchers;Scholarly work
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 02:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2022 02:45

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