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Success for scientists in the academic job market is highly predictable

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Posted June 3, 2014
Success for scientists in the academic job market is highly predictable
The number of scientists in training vastly exceeds the number that will successfully land a faculty position at an academic institution. Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journalCurrent Biology on June 2 that an individual scientist’s chances are very predictable based solely on his or her publication record. Credit: Mira Chendler

The number of scientists in training vastly exceeds the number that will successfully land a faculty position at an academic institution. Now, researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 2 that an individual scientist’s chances are very predictable based solely on his or her publication record.

 

The likelihood of getting that faculty job depends mostly on the number of publications, the  of the journals in which those papers are published, and the number of papers that receive more citations than would be expected based on the journal in which they were published, the researchers report. Anyone who would like to calculate his or her own score can do so at https://www.pipredictor.com.

“We’d like to start a discussion on what factors are taken into account when people are selected to become a principal investigator,” says David van Dijk of the Weizmann Institute of Science. “On the one hand, these results are encouraging, because they suggest that people are promoted based on merit.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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