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I am early in my tenure track position. I have just completed my post-doc and PhD two years ago. In collaboration with colleagues, we have recently circulated call-for-papers for an edited book.

What are the potential pros and cons of being a co-editor of an edited book given my career stage?

The propsed edited volume is broadly based on social science and related disciplines.

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    It would be helpful if you could state your field. It is really dependent on the area. – Wolfgang Bangerth Jul 20 at 23:45
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    This can't be answered without specifying a discipline. Also, ask your chair. – Anonymous Physicist Jul 21 at 0:01
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    I personally dealt with this (TT, US, Engineering). In my case, the chair and TPR committee were supportive (but they both stressed how grants + papers should have priority). Major con: it was a bit hard to convince "big names" in my field to agree to contribute with a chapter (given that I was a junior faculty). Major pro: my dept. was happy for me for landing a contract from a well "respected publisher" very early into my TT journey. – The Guy Jul 21 at 0:15
  • @WolfgangBangerth. Mainly, the edited book is based on social science and other related disciplines, for example, management, health policy etc. – user3571389 Jul 21 at 0:16
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    @user3571389 -- your best resource is going to be your colleagues. They will eventually have to decide about your tenure and can tell you what they value in your dossier. – Wolfgang Bangerth Jul 21 at 23:45

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