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Are there any benefits from publishing research on subjects different than one's degree/profession, like being in the healthcare field but publishing about biology or psychology?

Thank you

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    The danger is: if you don't know the area, then you will be repeating the mistakes of the past. – GEdgar Nov 18 '16 at 17:13
  • Is your question about whether it is beneficial for someone in a medical field to do basic biological or psychological research? I don't think that is the same as publishing on a different field but that's the way of interpreting your question that makes the most sense to me. – Bryan Krause Nov 18 '16 at 17:21
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    Sure there are benefits for society if you publish good results in any field. But wait, probably you meant some other kind of benefits? – Dirk Nov 18 '16 at 17:21
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    I once applied for a research job in industry, on forecasting retail sales using time series analysis. I had zero knowledge about forecasting, but a couple of papers where I did inferential statistics in psychology. This was sufficient to convince the company's co-founder (a statistics professor) I'd be able to work my way into the statistics of forecasting. I got the job and still have it ten years later. – Stephan Kolassa Nov 18 '16 at 20:35
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    Yeah I meant economical/job benefits to the one publishing. That's inspiring Stephan, I wish I'd get a similar occasion sooner or later. – Sarah Nov 19 '16 at 19:17
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I have done this, and as I found, there's a few benefits:

  • You may be able to introduce a new concept to a field, and see that idea grow.
  • It shows a level of flexibility and the power to change. For example, "your field" might not be static. I've given talks in conferences that I never would have thought were my field, and I currently have a job in something that's not "my field" - and some of that is due to multidisciplinary papers.
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