Games Academics Play and Their Consequences: How Authorship, H-Index and Journal Impact Factors Are Shaping the Future of Academia
Research is a highly competitive profession where evaluation plays a central role. Yet such evaluations are often done in inappropriate ways that are damaging to individual careers, and to the profession.
Growing evidence suggests that the evaluation of researchers’ careers on the basis of narrow definitions of excellence is restricting diversity in academia, both in the development of its labour force and its approaches to address societal challenges. Recommendations are suggested for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Towards a Community-endorsed Data Stewardship Profession
Data stewardship encompasses all of the various tasks and responsibilities that relate to research data management throughout the entire research lifecycle. It has been discussed at the 14th RDA Plenary in Helsinki by research, industry and policy experts.
Insights from a Survey-based Analysis of the Academic Job Market
Many postdoctoral fellows in the STEM fields enter the academic job market with little knowledge of the process and expectations, and without any means to assess their qualifications relative to the general applicant pool. Demystifying this process is critical, as there is little information publicly available.
The making of professors: Assessment and recognition in academic recruitment
How do academics become professors? This paper considers the making of ‘professor’ as a subject position through which academics are acknowledged in both organizational contexts and disciplinary fields.
Filling in the Gaps: The Interpretation of Curricula Vitae in Peer Review
A study of the use of curricula vitae for competitive funding decisions in science suggests that bibliographic categories such as authorship of publications or performance metrics may themselves come to be problematized and reshaped in the process.
Council of Graduate Schools Data Show There's No One Way to Use a Doctorate
New data shows that many Ph.D.s switch jobs and employment sectors in their early careers and even into midcareer. So Ph.D. programs should help students navigate job opportunities and understand the value of their degrees across sectors.
Language, cultural differences and expense are common downsides in some European countries, but researchers who land in Europe love the opportunities to learn new techniques, work in a diverse setting and polish their confidence.
No Amount of Open Access Will Fix the Broken Job Market
Open access has always been promoted for its reputational benefits. The OA citation advantage is one way in which advocates try to convince researchers of the benefits of publicly sharing their work. But researchers are also motivated by the need to publish in prestigious and ‘high-impact’ venues, which often precludes the possibility of open access forms of publication.