PQUAD

Chart showing the steps of the PQUAD process, showing that the more productive you are, the more tickets you can earn towards manuscript acceptance.

PQUAD stands for Positive Peer Pressured Productivity. It is a proven dual-incentive model to leverage the power of positive peer pressure to increase the academic productivity of a group through transparency and gamification.

PQUAD Logo

 

What are the two incentives?

What are the two incentives?

The first incentive is awareness of your peers’ work. PQUAD.org will allow you to see a board of the recent submissions and acceptances of your institution’s colleagues academic work. This increased transparency and awareness of the work of your direct peers can lead to new opportunities for peer mentorship, increased motivation, and formation of new collaborations.

The second incentive is a weighted lottery. Points are awarded at various levels based on the type of academic submission (an abstract submission may be worth 1 point, a poster acceptance 2, oral presentation 3, etc.) These points translate into lottery tickets for cash prizes awarded at intervals determined by your institution. The more points you have, the more chances you have to win.

Unlike traditional incentive models which reward only the top performers and do little to motivate those who are (far)less productive, the element of chance allows even someone with one abstract submission a chance to win the drawing (albeit a proportionally smaller chance).

How are points determined?

How are points determined?

We have set point values before contests with escalating points based on various categories:

  • 1 point: Abstract submissions
  • 2 points: Poster acceptance OR rejected manuscript resubmission
  • 3 points: Oral presentation acceptance OR workshop acceptance
  • 4 points: New manuscript submission OR new grant submission
  • 6 points: Manuscript acceptance OR grant acceptance

What happens if I win a contest?

What happens if I win a contest?

As the points translate into raffle tickets, the more points you have the greater chance you have of winning one of the drawings.  Every six months we will hold a drawing for cash prizes. 

Does PQUAD work?

Does PQUAD work?

In the initial pilot in the Division of Hospital Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, fifteen hospitalists participated and saw gains in nearly all categories of submission/acceptance compared to the prior year.
PQUAD Article (Academic Pediatrics)

What can I see on my personal page?

What can I see on my personal page?

You’ll be able to see your points for the current contest in the upper right portion of the screen. You can also input current entries which will add to your point score for the current contest, see your all-time PQUAD submissions to track progress and make end of year academic reviews easier (you can download an excel file!), and see leaderboards for the current contest and all time for your institution.

Who is shown on the leaderboards?

Who is shown on the leaderboards?

As the goal of PQUAD is to increase transparency and collaboration through awareness of peers’ work, it is important to be able to see how others are doing. The leaderboards for faculty contests have been defaulted to show only the top 50% of point totals as to not potentially provide undue embarrassment for those with minimal entries. In resident/student contests, however, where any work if it is? often above the expectation of the program, all residents with positive points are showcased.

How do I log my submissions?

How do I log my submissions?

You will need to register an account at PQUAD.org with your UMN email address where you will be able to input any academic submissions or notifications of acceptances.  You will be able to download a spreadsheet at any time of all your past submissions, track you personal score, and review the submissions of your peers.

Who can participate?

Who can participate?

Currently we are doing the PQUAD initiative for Assistant Professors only.  Pediatric residents also participate in their own PQUAD initiative.

Past Winners

Past Winners

Second drawing to be held January 1, 2018

First Contest (July 1, 2017)

  • First Place: Colleen Correll ($1,000)
  • Second Place: Justin Ryder ($500)
  • Third Place: Emily Borman-Shoap ($300)