A interesting conversation broke out on twitter this evening when @thelabmix asked:
@drugmonkeyblog @ProfLikeSubst @Namnezia Hey profs, are grad students crippled by lack of pubs from PhD?
Drugmonkey responded with:
whether the person published or not as a grad student reflects lab more than individual potential @TheLabMix @Namnezia @proflikesubst
I couldn't agree more with this, other than to add there are certain fields where it's damn hard to get papers out earlier in the game. Field ecology is the first one that springs to mind, but there are many others. But assuming that a student without major* pubs at the end of their PhD is not going to be successful is a short-sighted view.
Everyone is going to base their opinion on their own experience and mine was that I didn't have things actually published out of my thesis when I was looking for a postdoc. What got me the job was a combination of good timing and strong letters. I was able to get everything from my thesis out within a year of leaving and managed to crank out some solid pubs from my postdoc that got me the job I have now.
So do I depend on pubs from grad students when evaluating their potential as postdocs? Doesn't seem like a great idea to me. It is obviously important to know that people can write and that they have some pubs in the works, but if they are not in Pubmed, I'm not going to sweat it.
*By major, I mean first author pubs related to their thesis