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“Old” vs. “New” Universities: Which is Better?

“Old” and “new” universities are often euphemisms for “good” and “bad,” respectively. Students matriculated at, and faculty employed in, new universities are often looked down upon as less worthy than those studying or working in older, more established institutions. It is no coincidence that the “best” universities in the world are also the oldest ones.Continue reading ““Old” vs. “New” Universities: Which is Better?”

Are Early Career Researchers More Likely to Reject Your Paper than Full Professors?

I reviewed a paper this morning and it took me only 45 minutes to read the entire manuscript and write out my comments to the authors. When I was an early career researcher (ECR), I used to spend a minimum of three hours per review, and sometimes I would take days. Occasionally, as an ECR,Continue reading “Are Early Career Researchers More Likely to Reject Your Paper than Full Professors?”

Who’s Responsible for Rising Research KPIs in Academia? We All Are.

We often blame university managements for imposing ever more unattainable research KPIs on us, year on year. Although it is undeniable that publication standards and the amount of grant money that we are expected to bring in have risen—nay, skyrocketed—over the years, I’m not convinced that nefarious academic administrators are always to blame. If youContinue reading “Who’s Responsible for Rising Research KPIs in Academia? We All Are.”

Perverse Research Incentives and the Wuhan “Lab Leak” Theory

Academics with no research funding desperately want to have research funding. Academics with research funding desperately want to have more research funding. The amount of grant money that scientists bring in is slowly overtaking peer reviewed output as the most important research KPI, at least in the world’s top universities. If funding dries up, careers,Continue reading “Perverse Research Incentives and the Wuhan “Lab Leak” Theory”

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