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Susan Jane Hogarth sjhogart at unity.ncsu.edu
Wed Jul 10 19:02:22 EST 1996

> Rachelle J. Bienstock wrote:

> > Do committees really judge candidates on the sheer NUMBER of
> > publications?  Does anyone look at the QUALITY of publications?

SL Forsburg wrote:
> PEOPLE DO.  A couple of good first author papers where it is clear
> you did most of the work will beat reams of papers with football team
> sized author lists.  [snip]
[Rachelle again]
> > It seems to me that so much science these days is just turning the crank
> > to create that least publishable unit in order to create a huge
> > publication list.

SL Forsburg wrote:
> Unfortunately, this is true.  We are all getting burned by it,
> and it is damaging the profession and the science.  I'm much
> more impressed by a few high-quality papers with only a couple of
> names on them than those long lists, but I feel like an exception.

Ah-hem: Susan, you JUST said that people DO care about the quality of publications, now
you're saying that you are "an exception" because you are more impressed by
high-quality papers? Do you really think people are that much shallower than you?

> Y'know, this newsgroup's readers all seem to have the right idea
> about doing science.  So where did all the problem-people COME from and
> how do they persist in the positions of power?

I'm not sure, since I haven't met any yet. I think I've met some incompetent and
not-so-awfully-clever folks in science, but not really anyone who didn't care about
science (except those on the way out...).

Susan Jane Hogarth

Man: What is my purpose?
Universe: Define purpose.

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