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[Singapore] Scientists point to increasing pressure to publish

Scientists and researchers say that Singapore is at far greater risk of academic fraud now, given the increasingly competitive academic environment, writes Yuen Sin for The Straits Times. The danger has always been around, but the pressure to ‘publish or perish’ has steadily been increasing in recent years, in the light of the rise of the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in international league tables, such as the closely watched Times Higher Education World University Rankings, over the past few years. (...) - University World News, by The Straits Times, 17 November 2017 Issue No:483
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Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship

Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The metrics used to identify excellence, and on which current tenure and promotion decisions are based, have become a barrier to more exciting and innovative scholarship. Christopher P. Long suggests an overhaul of tenure and promotion practices, advocating a holistic approach in which structured mentoring plays a key role and values-based metrics that will empower faculty to tell more textured stories about the impact of their work are developed. A mentoring framework that identifies horizons, milestones, and stepping stones will enable faculty to chart their own individual pathways to intellectual leadership. Meanwhile, an approach such as that taken by the HuMetricsHSS initiative can identify and explore indicators of excellence embedded across a wide spectrum of scholarly objects and a diversity of practices.(...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Science', par Christopher P. Long, 01/11/2017

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New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter

New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New study pushes back on decades of studies suggesting that scientific productivity peaks early and declines thereafter. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, Oct 18  2017

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Academic Freedom Reconsidered

Academic Freedom Reconsidered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities are at risk of becoming ideological battlegrounds rather than communities of free inquiry. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by reisberg@gmail.com, Oct 15, 2017

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Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”

Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar” | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I didn’t know how much I hated the term “independent scholar” until people began to use it to describe me. I left academia four years ago to try to make it as a full-time writer; when anyone asks me what I do, I say, “I am a writer.” Academics, however, still seem to struggle with this marker of identity and others like it, and they almost always default to “independent scholar.” (...) - Historista, by Megan Kate Nelson, 2017/09/26

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Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures (...) - The Guardian, by Alastair Gee, 28 Sept 2017

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The Stress of Academic Publishing

The Stress of Academic Publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The adage is "publish or perish" but everyone knows the odds aren’t even. For most academics who submit a manuscript to a desirable publisher or journal, the painful reality is that perishing is the far more likely outcome. (...) - Chronicle Vitae, by Michael, D Dooley, 2017/09/13

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How Academics Survive the Writing Grind: Some Anecdotal Advice

How Academics Survive the Writing Grind: Some Anecdotal Advice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A PhD student approached me after a writing workshop to recount his tale of woe. "I write these messy, incoherent first drafts," he lamented. "They're (...) - Literary Hub, by Helen Sword, Sep 7 2017

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Why academics should strive to be public intellectuals, not thought leaders (essay)

Why academics should strive to be public intellectuals, not thought leaders (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

We Don’t Need No Stinking Thought Leaders Despite Daniel. Drezner’s arguments to the contrary, now is not the “worst of times” for public intellectuals, Jonathan Marks argues. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jonathan Marks, July 11, 2017

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Academics strike back against bad science

Academics strike back against bad science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

For one young scientist, the moment of truth came when she was presented with a pre-written template for her study and told to fill the results out in the gaps. (...) - The Times, by July 1 2017

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The ‘Flexibility Myth’ About Female Academics Is Wrong

The ‘Flexibility Myth’ About Female Academics Is Wrong | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The narrative that female academics have the flexibility to have successful careers while raising children is false. There are institutional barriers that must be addressed first. (...) - The Establishment, by Eileen Kane, May 6 2017

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Academic freedom – Heart of the higher education project

The concepts of academic freedom and university autonomy are sometimes invoked in situations where they don’t apply and ignored in situations where they do apply. To understand them, we should recall the foundations, reasoning and spirit of the documents that shaped the discourses around them.  (...) - University World News, by Alexandra Antonescu and Lea Meister07 April 2017 Issue No:454
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Academics shouldn't focus only on prestigious journals (essay)

Academics shouldn't focus only on prestigious journals (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academic publishing is becoming more about establishing a pecking order and less about pursuing knowledge, argues Andrew J. Hoffman. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Andrew J. Hoffman, March 28 2017

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Does research evaluation in the sciences have a gender problem? What do altmetrics tell us?

Does research evaluation in the sciences have a gender problem? What do altmetrics tell us? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many measures used for research evaulation, such as citations or research output, are hindered by an implicit gender bias. Stacy Konkiel examines whether or not altmetrics, which track how research is discussed, shared, reviewed, and reused by other researchers and the public, might be better suited to help understand the influence of research in a more gender-balanced way. Findings suggest that while men’s work may be talked about more in the first year after publication, over time female lead-authored papers eventually get more than their due. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Stacy Konkiel, 2017/11/02

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The importance of having a new mind-set after earning tenure (essay)

The importance of having a new mind-set after earning tenure (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The mind-sets that helped you gain tenure can silently undermine your success afterward if you don’t identify and shift them, warns Kerry Ann Rockquemore. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Kerry Ann Rockmore, Oct 18 2017

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How You Can Help Fight Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Science Right Now

How You Can Help Fight Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Science Right Now | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Yesterday, many of our friends and peers started sharing a simple message on social media: “me, too.” The message is from anyone who has faced sexual harassment and sexual assault. If it wasn’t clear already, sexual violence, especially sexual violence against women, is rampant. 500 Women Scientists is committed to fighting harassment in science and empowering women and their allies with tools and resources to fight back. (...) - Medium, by 500 Woman Scientists, Oct 16 2017

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Academe’s Prestige Problem

Academe’s Prestige Problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Professors and aspiring professors are complicit in perpetuating a rigged system.


As an elementary-school student, I learned never to judge a book by its cover. As a professional academic, I’ve learned the opposite. What’s worse, I’ve learned to judge people by the covers (and colophons) of their books. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Maximilien Alvarez, Octo 12 2017

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Advice for academics when working with journalists (essay)

Advice for academics when working with journalists (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alex Kingsbury and Michael J. Socolow outline six things academics can do to get on the same page with editors.


Just because you can read a newspaper, doesn’t mean you can write for one. Sure, it’s writing at a sixth-grade reading level. But writing well for a newspaper or magazine audience can be a vexing challenge for people who do it every day, let alone those who only dabble with an op-ed once a year.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Alex Kingsbury and Michael J. Socolow, 28 Sept 2017

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Chine : tolérance zéro pour la liberté académique

La stratégie visant à contrôler l’université ne s’applique pas qu’aux établissements chinois, mais se diffuse désormais par-delà ses frontières. (...) - The Conversation, Emilie Tran, 28/09/2017

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Young researchers need help with academic networking

Networking has been increasingly recognised as a vital component of a successful career in higher education. Yet, developing good networking skills is hardly an easy task, especially for early career researchers, who are starting to navigate the vast boundaries of academia and might feel like little fish in a big ocean. (...) - University World News, Donatella Camedda, Ana Mirman-Flores and Ashling Ryan-Mangan, 08 September 2017 Issue No:473
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How to find mentors and be a good one yourself (essay)

How to find mentors and be a good one yourself (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What sustains faculty members are relationships with others, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, who outline how to identify mentors and how to be a better one yourself. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, July 13, 2017

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[Turkey] Sharp drop in research output after purge of academics

The short-term effects of the large-scale purge carried out by the Turkish government since the failed coup attempt a year ago include a 28% drop in research output of academics based in Turkey in 2017, according to a new study.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 01 July 2017 Issue No:466
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UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns

UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

One in three scholars in field ‘deeply concerned’ about future research career prospects (...) - Times Higher Education, 14 May 2017

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The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species

The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
It was curiosity, not stupidity that killed the Dodo. For too long, we have held to the unfair myth that the flightless Mauritian bird became extinct because it was too dumb to understand that it was being killed. But as Stefan Pociask points out in “What Happened to the Last Dodo Bird?”, the dodo was driven into extinction partly because of its desire to learn more about a new, taller, two-legged creature who disembarked onto the shores of its native habitat: “Fearless curiosity, rather than stupidity, is a more fitting description of their behavior.” (...) - Current Affairs, by Yasmin Nair, April 18, 2017
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[Suisse] Crédibilité académique en péril

La mode du partenariat public-privé a atteint les sphères académiques depuis des années. La plupart de nos hautes écoles comptent sur l’apport financier des entreprises pour une partie de leurs chaires. Un phénomène qui comporte des risques pour l’indépendance de la recherche (notre édition du 28 décembre 2016).(...) - L e Courrier, par Laura Drompt, 29/03/2017

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