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Last by biochem belle on Nov 27, 2010, 9:35am
"Nothing matters but papers."
This is the mantra of some folks in academic science, as highlighted in Doctor Zen's post
, which was sparked by a comment from an SfN10 blogger on Tideliar's post
regarding the negative reaction of some colleagues to his blog.
"Papers are the only thing that counts."
For the benefit of any undergrads or new grad students out there, this is a bald-faced lie!!!
In the case of the most self-absorbed "mentors" (and I use this term lightly with the preceding modifier), then it could very well be true that the only important thing, in their minds, is for trainees to crank out papers that in turn get them (the PIs) grant. Note I say "for trainees" because these may be the very same people who spend a very small percentage of their time in their labs or offices because they travel so much. And they might also be the same ones who sit on papers until they're perfect... or at least until they're ready for their closeup in GlamourMag.
Papers are important. After all, they show that you produced results that survived the scrutiny of peer-review. But there are those advisers . . . More