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st: re: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .

From   Christopher Baum <>
Subject   st: re: What is the proper way of modifying user-created ado-files. . .
Date   Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:21:42 -0500

Tony says

Roy brings up an interesting point. How are contributions to SSC or user-written programs in general evaluated in academe? In my experience, these would need to be refereed by one's peers to count academically. On the other hand there are many extremely valuable contributions from Roy and others that are easily worth many articles that I see in the journals I read. Perhaps it is time to consider this in various academic contexts. I think outreg2, fracpoly, mim, etc. are easily worth publication points, but I'll bet they haven't counted for much unless the author or department chair has been able to convince some higher powers (e.g. 2^n) of their worth. Please let me be wrong on this.

It should be possible to get 'publication points' by describing one's work in a peer-reviewed article in the Stata Journal, all the more so that it is now listed in both Sci-Math and SSCI indices of Thomson. Of course, such an article is not just an expanded help file. I once wrote a seasonal unit root routine with Richard Sperling. Decent code, help file, examples, and set it aside. More recently Domenico Depalo wrote a very nice, academically respectable article about the theory of seasonal unit root testing, described the program he had written to perform those tests (which does what our hegy program does and more), and published it in SJ 9:3 ( ). It seems to me that such an article should receive as many 'publication points' in most universities' evaluation processes as many papers that merely take existing software and exercise it to test a model -- particularly with SJ now in SSCI, which is a checklist item for many European institutions.


Kit Baum   |   Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin   |
An Introduction to Stata Programming   |
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata   |

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