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Will AOs read through any publications I list on my application?

isaaccc123isaaccc123 2 replies6 threads New Member
I have some first-author research publications (and some that have been accepted to a journal but will not be published by EA deadlines) that I'm planning to list in the additional information section of my common application. Will T20 AOs actually look at these or will they just look at the publication title I list? I'd want them to see the work I've done and see impact of my work.

I know there's a research supplement section as well for research, but I've heard this is only sent to research faculty and may not always be reviewed.
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  • MWolfMWolf 3056 replies14 threads Senior Member
    Articles that have been accepted but are not yet published will have "In press" instead of the journal volume and page, so anybody who goes through your resume will know that they are not yet available. You can also add the date that the article was accepted for publication. If they want to read it, you can send them a copy of the accepted manuscript.

    AOs are usually pretty busy, so they will be unlikely to ask to read the publication, unless it interests them.

    If you want them to know the impact of your work, you have it as part of the description of the research project. So you the the "accomplishments" section you can have a 1-3 sentence description of the research and its impact, with a citation (for example Smith & Isaccc123 2020, or Isaaccc123 et al, in press). That way you can have a short description of what you did, and a citation which tell them which article is the result of which research project. In the "Publications" section, you will have a full reference for each article.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41952 replies8186 threads Super Moderator
    edited September 27
    @MWolf gave some great advice and added a lot of texture.

    Here is the tl;dr version: No. An AO will not read your publications.
    edited September 27
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  • hebegebehebegebe 3000 replies44 threads Senior Member
    edited September 27
    Agree that AOs won’t read your papers. But you might be able to get profs to read them.

    In pre-covid times, my kids would meet try to meet with professors on the day of their campus visit to discuss their research. Out of the 20+ college visits between the two of them, they were able to meet with professors at almost every place.

    My daughter didn’t have any research papers, and her visits were about 20 minutes. My son had multiple papers written by the time of his visits (but no accepted publications yet). His visits were typically about 45 minutes long, but some extended much longer and had multiple professors who wanted to talk to him, to the point my son announced he had to leave for either the campus visit or a flight. Some professors volunteered afterwards to write notes to the admissions committee.

    In other words, professors are generally more than willing to meet with strong students. If you want specific recommendations on how to try to approach these professors, send me a PM.

    By the way, these visits also helped with “Why us” essays.
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