The best article since a long time: “We have met the enemy and it is us” by Mark Johnston

The article is here. It is so good, in my opinion, that I can’t just give a quote from it.

Indeed, fact is: with all due respect for the publishers, librarians, even for the ISI bean-counters, science is primarily made by researchers, who are the most competent for taking decisions for their good. Only that we have forgot this and instead we rely on others, less competent, for reasons we are also to blame for.

This is good to recognize, not for us to feel guilty about, but  to take steps for taking back our power of decision.

Science is not a commercial activity, it does not feel good on the long term by being managed for attaining short-sighted goals. We are not the milk-providing cow of others, who take our raw product and packages it in fancy looking  clothes, for the sake of selling it.

On the other side, we have to find the courage of taking decisions for ourselves.  To  rely on “objective measures”, which are nothing else than means to avoid accountability, is to be afraid to take decisions.

This kind of change has to happen starting from the researchers involved in management of research. Because, in fact, the enemy is not quite “us”, but if this kind of change, which is for the benefit of science, is opposed by their inertia, then it is starting to look as being “them”.



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