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31 October 2016 @ 06:08 am
But it beats perishing  
Why professors are writing crap that nobody reads

And an excellent reply from oursin
Marissa Lingenmrissa on October 31st, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
So if only people who are doing protein biology read about protein biology and build on it, it's a failure and those people would be better off writing op-eds for USA Today about how Science Is Neat? Nope nope nope nope. Nope. Specialization is not actually for insects, and we need depth as well as breadth and...oh, just this, this post of oursin's, for heaven's sake.
El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on October 31st, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm adding this link to the post. Thank you.
amaebiamaebi on October 31st, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
John M. Burtjohn_m_burthotm on October 31st, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
I don't see Daniel Lattier's article as being a lot more useful or insightful than your average Golden Fleece Award.
But hey, Dr. Lattier, thanks for the tip regarding “Death and Demonization of a Bodhisattva: Guanyin’s Reformulation within Chinese Religion”. I found it to be fascinating.

Edited at 2016-10-31 06:08 pm (UTC)
msrat1900 on October 31st, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
The examples in your linked article are problematic, if intended to represent the "problem". Two of the three look quite interesting to me, and religion is not even on my top ten list of things I'm interested in.

Anyway, the purpose of academic publishing is not *even* to reach the whole world. It is to put one's ideas out there, in an accessible (indexed) form so that the one, or maybe two people in the whole world who are interested in the exact same thing can find on, if perchance they want to discuss it.

I used to be married to a person (arguably an academic person) who was sure that his interests were the measure of all mankind (as well as his food preferences, his clothing style, etc). This is the same sort of thing.
Steve JanssenSteve Janssen on November 2nd, 2016 11:48 am (UTC)
The numbers mentioned in the article are highly misleading. The percentage of articles that never will be cited are much lower:

El Coyote Gordo: actualsupergee on November 2nd, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that. Thank you.