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Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career 42

Posted by samzenpus
from the publish-or-perish dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "For biomedical researchers who aspire to run their own labs, the secret is to publish frequently, as first author, and in top journals. That career advice may seem obvious, but this time it's backed up by a new analysis of data scraped from PubMed, the massive public repository of biological abstracts. The study, reported today in Current Biology, uses the status of last author as a proxy for academic success. Those corresponding authors are likely to be running their own labs, the brass ring that young researchers are trying to grab. See what your chances are using Science's PI Predictor graph."
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Science Moneyball: The Secret to a Successful Academic Career

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 02, 2014 @05:33PM (#47150381)

    ... low hanging scientific fruit it appears. Since any serious science problem is going to be non-trivial. No doubt this 'success' is all about chasing low hanging fruit to get money.

  • Re:Chicken or Egg (Score:5, Informative)

    by Obfuscant (592200) on Monday June 02, 2014 @05:45PM (#47150473)

    Really publishing quality results is what will get you that and being the guy behind the projects will more often than not get you the lead author spot.

    No, the exact opposite is what these folks used. They didn't look at the status of the last author as the summary claims, they used the last author position as a proxy for identifying who the PI was -- which is not really a measure of academic success. They didn't bother looking anyone's status up directly.

    Maybe bio-whatever is different, but where I work "last author" isn't always the highest status, and there may be three or four co-PIs on a project, even multiple Universities.

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