Academia   37178

« earlier    

"When the referees have a problem, there's a problem"
in the context of academic peer review but it's applicable to anyone writing documentation, reports or anything designed to convey ideas
academia  2masto  writing 
yesterday by mikelynch
Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole - Quillette
Educators must practice what we preach and lead by example. In this way, we can help to foster intellectual curiosity and the discovery of fresh reasoning so compelling that it causes even the most sceptical to change their minds. But this necessarily requires us to reject censorship and open ourselves to the civil discussion of sensitive topics such as gender differences, and the variability hypothesis in particular.
academia  feminism  gender  science 
yesterday by soobrosa
Practical Peer Review
The second truth is perhaps even more depressing. Even making all allowances for this, your referees have (probably) read your manuscript with more attention, care, sympathy and general clue that most other readers will muster. In the first place: most papers which get published receive almost no attention post-publication; hardly anyone cites them because hardly anyone reads them. In the second place: if one of your papers somehow does become popular, it will begin to be cited for a crude general idea of what it is about, with little reference to what it actually says.


None of this should be surprising. One of my favorite books is one of the very few thoroughly empirical contributions to literary criticism, I. A. Richard's <a href="">Practical Criticism</a>. In an experiment lasting over several years in the 1920s, Richards took a few dozen poems, typed up in a uniform format and with identifying information removed, and presented them to literature students at Cambridge University, collecting their "protocols" of reaction to the poems. It is really striking just how bad the students were at receiving even the literal text of the poems, never mind providing any sort of sensible interpretation or reaction. And these were, specifically, students of literature at one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world. As Richards said (p. 310), anyone who thinks their alma mater could do better is invited to try it **. Poems are not, of course, scientific papers, and I don't know of anyone who's done a translation of Richards's protocols to academic peer review. But I know of no reason to think highly-educated people are systematically much better at reading papers than poems.

The moral I would draw from this is not to seek a world without referees. It is this: whatever your referees find difficult, confusing or objectionable, no matter how wrong they might be on the merits, will give many of your other readers at least as much trouble. Since science is not about intellectual self-gratification but the advancement of public knowledge, this means that we have to take deep breaths, count backwards from twenty and/or swear, and patiently attend to whatever the referees complain about. If they say you're unclear, you were, by that very token, unclear. If they say you're wrong, you have to patiently, politely, figure out why they think that, and re-express yourself in a way which they will understand. Anger or sarcasm, however momentarily gratifying (and wow are they momentarily gratifying) will not actually change anyone's mind, and so they do not actually serve your long-term goal of persuading your readers of your conclusions.

"When the referees have a problem, there's a problem" is, quite literally, one of the most ego-destroying lessons of a life in science, but I am afraid it is a lesson, and the sooner it's absorbed the better.
peer_review  academia  criticism 
yesterday by jfbeatty
Colleges Have Way Too Many Liberal Professors - Bloomberg
The gap is narrower in science and engineering. In physics, economics and mathematics, the ratio is about 6 to 1. In chemistry, it is 5 to 1, and in engineering, it is just 1.6 to 1. Still, Lambert found no field in which Republicans are more numerous than Democrats.
Democrats  Republicans  Academia  Sunstein 
3 days ago by HispanicPundit
Transformative Works and Cultures releases No. 28
TWC's 10th anniversary issue, No. 28, The Future of Fandom, is now here! Read about Cursed Child, cosplay, Dark Souls, Johnlock, Pokemon, Rogue One, Undertale, Donnie Yen and book reviews, such as for a fanfiction reader whose royalties support us at the OTW
Transformative-Works-and-Cultures  Academia  Fandoms 
5 days ago by otw_news

« earlier    

related tags

"""culture-war"""  2018  2018_mixbook_contender  2masto  a:natalie-sayth  abuse  academia  academic  academic_freedom  academics  academy  activism  advice  ai  amazon  anthropology  aquinas  architecture  art  article  articles  artificialintelligence  arxiv  austin  avitalronell  beps  bias  bibliography  buddhism  budismo  bureaucracy  career  cars  catholic  cheating  china  christian  class-warfare  class  cmu  college  color  colour  communication  cost  crapsoftware  crime  criticism  cs  d:2018.08.30  data-science  data  debate  debates  deep-learning  democrats  design  devel  development  digital_scholarship  dignity  dinosaurs  discipline  discrimination  dissertation  diversity  documentation  dominican  education  educação  engineering  entertainment  ethics  evaluation  evaluations  fabico  fairytales  fandoms  fannish-histories  fannish-practices  feedly  feminism  film  finance  france  freedom_of_expression  fun  gender  gender_differences  genderstudies  government  guide  habit  harassment  have_read  healthcare  heuristic  higher-ed  higher  higherd  history  homosexuality  horror  how_to  howto  humanities  illiberalism  immigration  increase-decrease  infographic  infrastructure  internet.  journal  journals  kickapoo  korea  labor  language  lenoreblum  levy.jacob_t.  liberal  licensing  list  log-book  logbook  macdonald  machine.learning  machine_learning  machinelearning  madison  manufacturing  math  mathematics  maths  media  medicine  memes(ew)  mercedeslackey  metoo  microstructure  military  mindful-resistance  morality  movies  nature-nurture  neurociencia  neurojornalismo  neuroscience  nonprofit  note-taking  notebook  notebooks  notes  oa  objektbuch  open  open_science  openscience  p:mcsweeney's★★★  paper  paywall  peer_review  people  phd  phds  plos  pmr  podcast  podcasting  politics  portfolio  poster  power  presentation  probabilisticprogramming  process  professional  psychology  public-history  publication  publications  publishing  quillette  racism  recommender-system  redessociais  reference  reformed  republicans  reputation  research  resources  ronell  sanctity-degradation  satire  science  scientific  sexism  sexuality  signum  social  society  sociology_of_science  software  sourcecode  statistics  status  students  sunstein  superheroes  syllabus  teaching  techonomics  tenure  terrypratchett  textmining  theology  this_week_in_fandom  thomism  tips  to:nb  to_be_shot_after_a_fair_trial  to_teach  tradition  transformative-works-and-cultures  trust  twitter  uk  unitedstates  university  us_culture_wars  usa  uwaterloo  video  visualization  w:500  water  women  word2vec  workflow  writing  writinglife 

Copy this bookmark: