Publish or Perish

author: Janusz Holyst, Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology
published: Nov. 22, 2007,   recorded: October 2007,   views: 546
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Publish-or-Perish Phenomenon - Evaluations of scientists depend on number of papers, positions in lists of authors, and journals’ impact factors. In Japan, Spain and elsewhere, such assessments have reached formulaic precision. But bureaucrats are not only wholly responsible for these changes - we scientists have enthusiastically colluded. What began as someone else’s measure has become our (own) goal… P.A. Lawrence, The politics of publication, Nature 422, 259 (2003).

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