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Books, Journals, New Media
August 27, 2003

Communicating Science

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(8):1098-1100. doi:10.1001/jama.290.8.1098-a

The newly minted assistant professor soon learns that the road to academic fame, fortune, and success (ie, full professorship) is tortuous, frustrating, and enervating. "Publish or perish" is more than an aphorism—it is an unforgiving rule of academe. Search committees weigh the curricula vitae of candidates, more interested in quantity than quality. Members of promotion committees have to answer queries from their puzzled colleagues seeking advancement but unknowing of the rigors and trials involved. The aspirant may find a mentor for the necessary research activities and end up doing the tedious tasks of research while the professor takes the credit. But, how does the young academic who cashes in on an idea or two get the work published? Few departments have successful writers on staff willing and able to spare time and effort to guide junior members.

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