My first first-author, peer-reviewed paper

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TL;DR My first first-author, peer-reviewed paper “The behavioural effect of electronic home energy reports: Evidence from a randomised field trial in the United States” was published in the Journal of Energy Policy with Dr. Paul Ferraro and Dr. Andreas Kontoleon.

You can read it open-access here through August 2019.

Otherwise, click here.


Hi everyone!

This is a pretty quick post, but I wanted to share that my first first-author paper was published in the Journal of Energy Policy! You can read it open-access here until through August 2019. Otherwise, click here.

The paper is based off of the evaluation work I did during my MPhil at the University of Cambridge back in 2017 (it’s been 2 years in the making)!

Before this paper, I knew that peer-reviewed papers were years-long processes. And that makes sense. In an empirical paper, like mine, you have to (sometimes) collect data (which can take years in and of itself), clean the data, analyze it (including fully understanding the proper methodology behind the analysis), write the paper, edit the paper (usually with co-authors), submit it for review at the journal you think it’s best suited for, wait for reviewer comments (assuming you’re not desk-rejected), respond to reviewer comments, and then finally your paper can be published. I knew it was going to be long, but going through the process myself (even with already collected data!) was more grueling than what I expected.

To be fair, I didn’t write the manuscript for the paper until the summer after I had written my Master’s thesis (I was too busy playing catch-up in probability and statistics at Hopkins during the 2017-2018 school year), so that whole year this particular project was on-hold.

But still, writing a peer-reviewed paper is hard work!

I could ramble on about the peer-review process and my experience in academia in general, but instead I’ll just say two things:

  1. I’m proud of myself that this paper is finally published
  2. I hope it contributes to the body of knowledge in the behavioral science/sustainability/energy policy fields

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