To value the title and build a fairer working system, we must award less PhDs.
Open call: university department is looking for a synthesizer, to peruse literature and write technical reviews.
I was recently in China for a couple of weeks visiting different scientific institutions. I definitely learned a lot about a part of the world blending the oldest traditions and the greatest potential to impact humanity’s future.
Are scientific papers still reliable? Or have we compromised quality for production?
Scientific journals only want to be fed with new physical insights. But how many of those may scientists spawn in their careers? It’s getting hard to feed those beasts.
Negative results and reproducibility, although central in science, are neglected by scientific publications. We urgently need specialized journals to deal with them.
Peer-review is essential to keep science on track. But it can be too demanding on scientists, who are asked to do it for free and anonymously. How many papers are fair to review or to decline?