Competition in Science: Links Between Publication Pressure, Grant Pressure and the Academic Job Market

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Competition in Science: Links Between Publication Pressure, Grant Pressure and the Academic Job Market

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Competition in Science: Links Between Publication Pressure, Grant Pressure and the Academic Job Market
Author: Waaijer, C.J.F.Teelken, C.Wouters, P.F.Van, der Weijden I.C.M.
Journal Title: Higher Education Policy
Issue: 2
Volume: 31
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: In the current discussions concerning the pressure for publication and to obtain grants, the questions about what publication and grant pressure actually involve and how they are linked to the academic job market, are often neglected. In this study, we show that publication and grand pressure are not just external forces but internal ones as scientists apply pressure to themselves in the process of competition. Through two surveys, one of 1,133 recent PhDs at five Dutch universities and one of 225 postdoctoral researchers at two Dutch universities, we found that publication and grant pressure have to be considered in relation with competition for academic jobs. While publication and grant pressure are perceived to be too high by a majority of these early career researchers, the effects of publication and grant pressure by themselves are limited.
Uri: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41307-017-0051-y
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/65130
 

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