The Academy is Broken Stories

The Academy is Broken Stories

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The Academy is Broken Stories

Peer review suffers because of the growth of science

There is serious concern about how the growth of science should continue: more and more people are joining the scientific community as professional researchers. The act of counting scientists is not straightforward, since potentially everyone is a scientist in some way: we all ask questions and answer them by carefully examining data and coming up with conclusions. Trained scientists with university degrees number in ...more »

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Journal Impact Factors (From PLOS Blog)

http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2017/06/impact-factor-genie-back-in-the-box/ QUOTE: "Unintended Consequences The real question for Schmid is how to get the “impact factor genie” as she calls it, “back in the box.” Why is this so important? Scientists and publishers often focus on the limitations of JIFs and the benefits of evaluating work at the article rather than journal level. However, there are more than just limitations ...more »

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MFA vs PHD

There is a rapid growth of PhD programs in Art and Design responding to the growth of the art/sci/tech/design research and creative practice community ( eg the SACRE PHD in paris) In the USA there are two 'terminal degrees' now for artists and designers the MFA- master of fine arts and the PHD in art and design universities are under pressure to have nore phd;s and produce more phds to be higher in the shanghai and ...more »

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Restricted access to outputs and collaboration

* Research results are often not publicly accessible even if they have been funded by the public. * Highly relevant research materials from publicly funded archives, museums, libraries and statistical inventories are either not available in digital form or inaccessible. * Restricted access to and delayed dissemination of scholarly results limit knowledge transfer to researchers and other members of society. * Production ...more »

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Are all these papers just bricks in a wall?

There is considerable agreement that an emphasis on quantity of publication is distorting the production and dissemination of scholarship. We should also consider the extent to which such incentives act as actual barriers to the acquisition of knowledge. In my own work, I find it increasingly difficult to wrap my head around a new problem by consulting a few seminal papers; rather, I have to spend ever-increasing effort ...more »

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have we entered the era of the genius team rather than the individual genius

in an essay that i have submitted on trandsdisciplinary collaboration and how to train professionals for future work- it seems to me that in many domains we are now dominated by collaborative work ( less than 10% of all scientific papers today have only one author). one of the obstacles is that our educational systems are built around the idea of the individual genius- and not a group of people who display genius i ...more »

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My research didn't fit neatly into a single department

My research in long-range transport of air pollution spanned several domains (atmospheric chemistry, physics, aerosols, remote sensing + scientific collaboration) and was inappropriately housed in mechanical engineering because my advisor started at the university in that department in 197X. At the end of my thesis proposal defense (4 years into my degree), one member of my committee said, "This is not really research ...more »

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The backward ways of academic book publishing -- and the leadership void

As an independent scholar who is often asked to contribute to anthologies of academic essays, I find the high price and Creative-Commons-hostile nature of academic books to be a serious deterrent to reaching my intended audiences -- or to even publishing with academic book publishers. Their books are priced between $100 and $150, for the library market. The publishers (Sage, Elsevier, Cambridge, etc.) reject or are ignorant ...more »

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Inefficient Processes

* The scholarly communication system is highly inefficient and exceedingly ex-pensive, albeit the emergence of electronic publishing, which greatly reduced printing and postal delivery costs, among others. * The possibilities of digital technologies are currently not fully exploited in scholarly communication. Despite the ever-growing tool and infrastructure landscape, traditional scholarly communication methods tend ...more »

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Lack of reproducibility and transparency

* The majority of research results cannot be reproduced due to lack of underlying data, process instructions and context information. * Adequate contextual information is often missing, making it difficult to determine whether a piece of research is credible and can be built upon. * Evaluation by peer review has a mighty filtering function but is often untransparent and potentially biased. * There has been a rise in ...more »

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