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Re: (off-topic) self-plagiarism

Dear List

I find it interesting that we discuss what a reviewer or editor should do how how to behave. Not one word of why this happens. It happens (my personal opinion) that there are a number of reasons:

1. For members of the academic community there is the well known PP. Many schools require at least one, but hopefully more, publications per year to promote an academic to assistant professor or higher. That is how Publish or Perish came along.

2. For members of industrial research organizations (Bell Labs, the former David Sarnoff Research Center, and many others) the number of publications reflects on your salary and internal and external promotions.

3. From 1 and 2 above we can conclude that the number of publications we can list on our CV contributes in some proportion to the increases in our salaries (among other factors), and in the eligibility for promotion to some higher research or management level.

4. From 1,2,and 3 I am led to the conclusion that the problem lies not in ourselves buy in our employers.


Fred Herzfeld, MIT '54
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