Can I cite my friend’s work in my own? (From the Hey Jane Archives)

May 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Networking, Professional Development, Publishing | Leave a comment


“I want to cite my friend’s work in my new book, but I don’t know if it is appropriate to do because of our relationship. I don’t want to recreate the ‘Old Boys Network’ of which I’ve always been critical.”


I say, if the work is relevant to cite, of course you should cite it!  You should also let your colleague know that you have cited her.  It is particularly important for young scholars to know when and where they have been cited for tenure and promotion consideration.  And citations in books are often harder to track than citations in articles.  I would also add that if your friend’s work is good, you might consider assigning it in your classes, recommending it to other colleagues, and nominating it for an award.

While the exclusivity of the so-called “Old Boys Network” can be very frustrating, we could all learn a thing or two about self-promotion, networking, and supporting our colleagues.  In fact the mission of organizations like SWS is, in part, to do these things in a more inclusive way than the “Old Boys” model.  Unfortunately, after 10 years in the discipline, I am just learning some of these things, but many SWS members do them very well. Hopefully the lists of ideas below will spur the listserv to generate more ideas for all of us.

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Best Advice: Networking [From the Hey Jane archives]

March 24, 2009 at 2:41 am | Posted in Hey Jane Column, Networking | Leave a comment

Hey Jane! is a monthly advice column on the SWS listserv that addresses issues of interest to feminist sociologists and sociologist-activists. The name honors Jane Addams, a feminist sociologist not always recognized enough. This Q&A is hosted by the Career Development Committee, who solicits anonymous questions and responses from multiple SWS members.

Column 23 (January 2008)

For this month’s Hey Jane! Column I asked you to send me your “best” piece of advice.

My best professional advice came from my mother, a technical librarian. 1) Always attend your professional meetings and 2) Be on time.

Send copies of your publications to people who influenced your work or people you would like to read (and hopefully cite) your work.

If you are shy or find it difficult to meet people at conferences, start small – “I’m going to meet one new person today.”

If you want to get involved in a professional organization, go to section business meetings.  Section chairs are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to organize sessions and serve on committees.

Even in our highly technological age, there is still value to the art of the phone call.   Nominate yourself for awards, desirable committees, and positions in professional organization.

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