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Are prolific authors too much of a good thing?

An editorial in the BMJ in the past week questions the current paradigm of research institutions rewarding academics for seeking publication above all else, including quality of teaching, peer review, or leadership. The author (Liz Wager) states: “It is still common to see announcements from universities boasting that newly appointed academics have authored many hundreds of publications… We need a change of institutional culture so that, instead of being rewarded, unfeasibly lengthy CVs are discouraged. This could be done by shifting the focus of reward from crude measures of quantity to a deeper consideration of research quality and impact.”.

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