Publication metrics and success on the academic job market

@article{Dijk2014PublicationMA,
  title={Publication metrics and success on the academic job market},
  author={David van Dijk and Ohad Manor and Lucas B Carey},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={24},
  pages={R516-R517}
}
The number of applicants vastly outnumbers the available academic faculty positions. What makes a successful academic job market candidate is the subject of much current discussion [1-4]. Yet, so far there has been no quantitative analysis of who becomes a principal investigator (PI). We here use a machine-learning approach to predict who becomes a PI, based on data from over 25,000 scientists in PubMed. We show that success in academia is predictable. It depends on the number of publications… CONTINUE READING
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