Just got my ASR. 7 original articles with 8 authors. Rank of the authors, according to their bios: 1 graduate student, 3 assistant professors, 2 postdocs, and 2 professors. The last issue had 3 solo authored publications by graduate students. I’d love to plot the curve that demonstrates how, the more experience you have in sociology, the less likely you are to publish in one of its top journals.
A large part of the (inverse) experience effect is presumably that, the longer people are in the discipline, the less willing they are to go through all of the hurdles and compromises and revisions that are needed to get your paper into one of the top journals. Another part may be that graduate students are younger, and there is the Schumpeter’s “sacred third decade” for coming up with especially original ideas.* I also think that the less experience you have also helps for writing in the more generalist let-me-explain-to-y’all-how-this-works style that goes over well at AJS and ASR.**
(only footnotes after the jump)
* BTW, If this is true, it speaks against the idea, popular among some, that there should be an advantage to admitting graduate students who have been out of undergraduate for 2,3,5,10 years over those who want to go straight from undergraduate to graduate school, because the former are more “mature.”
** Yes, in this third respect, and perhaps also the first, I am thinking partly of the papers I published [with a co-author] in ASR and AJS as a graduate student.