Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of "outsiders" ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail.
Little is known about the long-term effects of early-career setback. Here, the authors compare junior scientists who were awarded a NIH grant to those with similar track records, who were not, and find that individuals with the early setback systematically performed better in the longer term.
Early Coauthorship with Top Scientists Predicts Success in Academic Careers
By examining publication records of scientists from four disciplines, the authors show that coauthoring a paper with a top-cited scientist early in one's career predicts lasting increases in career success, especially for researchers affiliated with less prestigious institutions.
Graduate Students Protest Trump Labor Board's Proposal to Exempt Them from Definition of "Employee"
Graduate students said their schools would have no reason to bargain with them over wages, health care and other compensation items if they aren't considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act.
Funders and Journals, Not Students, Should Lead on Standards for Research Rigour
The efforts of young researchers to fight the perverse incentives that dominate science right now are all the more impressive because these scientists are at the most vulnerable point of their careers.
Universitärer Mittelbau: Ein Königreich für einen Lehrstuhl
Sie sind die neunzig Prozent, die den akademischen Betrieb aufrechterhalten: Berichte aus dem Inneren eines Systems, das aus der Perspektive des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses so nicht länger funktionieren darf.