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Submitting a copy of my publication for supplemental material?


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A couple of my apps have had a spot for supplemental info, and for the apps I've submitted so far, I've uploaded a combined copy of my CV plus a tech report from a research project that didn't result in any publications. My reasoning was that I have this project listed on my CV, and my advisor from said project is writing about my work with him, but it would be nice to show what, exactly I did in detail.

I do have an actual publication on which I'm first author. This is in a field that is relevant to what I want to do research in in grad school, but I stupidly figured that if the committee wanted to read it, they could easily get a copy. I figured that since I wrote about this publication in my SOP, and my advisor of two years wrote extensively about my work in her letter (plus the fact that the publication is easy to obtain for anyone in academia), I shouldn't upload it with my app.

So which one do you think is more important to submit?

  1. Tech report from a short, unpublished project (project advisor wrote a letter of rec for me)
  2. Journal publication from an extensive project (project advisor wrote a letter of rec for me)

I feel like submitting both is excessive, as it would make my supplemental docs in excess of 40 pages.

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This might be field-specific, so I'll offer my opinion from a psychology perspective. I would choose the publication. Yes, the admissions committee could easily find it, but they review a lot of applications and probably won't. Assuming your publication is peer-reviewed, this is overall more impressive than an unpublished report 

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59 minutes ago, stereopticons said:

This might be field-specific, so I'll offer my opinion from a psychology perspective. I would choose the publication. Yes, the admissions committee could easily find it, but they review a lot of applications and probably won't. Assuming your publication is peer-reviewed, this is overall more impressive than an unpublished report 

The good thing is I've only submitted one app so far, but it was to one of my top schools. The publication is peer reviewed. I guess I would be annoying if I emailed admissions with the PDF of the publication too

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This advice is also field-specific.

In my field and I would say for most physics and physics-related fields, I would advise against uploading either document as a supplementary document. If it's a published document, then providing the bibliographical information (or link to pre-print) in your application materials will be enough. If they are interested, they will read it. If they are not going to bother following a reference, why would they read through 10+ pages of extra material?

For the non-published work, I would not bother including it because I do not think non peer-reviewed documents are interesting to the admissions committee. Again, if this is something they want, they would ask for it in the main materials.

Finally, many schools in my field explicitly ask you not to put unsolicited publications, reports, papers, writing samples, etc. as supplementary information. So check to make sure they aren't asking you to refrain from doing this.

Just providing my perspective from my field. I'm not sure what you are working in, and maybe it doesn't apply to your area. But I wanted to share in case it did.

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