One of the criteria for graduate degrees, promotions in academia,
and measures of scientific leadership is publication in peer
reviewed journals and chapters. In the Internet-age this has
undergone several changes that are not readily apparent but
should be more broadly known. There are a few elements to
this including the “google effect” [the more times a fact
shows up in searches, the more popular. See comment],
“New York Times effect” [if it is in the NYTimes, it is true.],
and scientific findings are “truth.” Several evolutions in peer
reviewed publications are revealed.
Politics is something that all organizations are susceptible
of and many people feel crushed by not being able to come
across and compete on an even and fair playing field. A couple of
links are offered to provide some background on causes and
what you might do.
Intuition is an unscientific ability that people with technical
training use but can be unconscious of its importance and
that your can train yourself to get better at. A good read
link might show you where the ‘intuition gas pedal’ is.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
The technical literature aims to publish factual detail,
results and conclusions. A review of manuscripts by
peers knowledgeable in the field certify uniqueness, value
and worthiness. A recent WSJ editorial excoriates science
for mistakes and errors that were reported and found.
The op ed, by a person who seeks to gain from the notoriety,
misses what science can teach us. It, as a nice comment
to the online version reveals, teaches us the findings of
particular experiments. Peer review allows others to consider
the results and compare it with their knowledge. They may
even seek to repeat or discuss to clarify the results.
There are other distortions to the classical concept of
peer reviewed publications especially in the Internet age with
online publications. W. Arms brought many up in a Journal of
Electronic Publishing review. There is no easy answer as
one of his main claims is publishing in a “top flight” publication
with enhanced editorial review. “Cut and paste” journalism is
becoming acceptable. Consider the Jonah Lehrer affair.
In 2012 the New Yorker hired Jonah Lehrer a science reporter
with best selling publications in neuroscience. He was found to
“recycle” large amounts of his work and plagiarized other
sources in unacceptable ways.
Brian Tracy in “Create Your own Future” recommends:
assume personal responsibility; stop making excuses
be compassionate; avoid judging others
express kindness in thought, word and deed
build friendships, thinking of others
be gentle to others
In the Accelerators Blog M. Webb talks about
partnering with people known for strong relationships
with others. He also indicates the need to craft
agreements to meet each partner’s goals while
protecting and keeping confidential secrets.
The agreement needs to frame work, rewards and
Avoid partners with “sharp elbows” and who
optimize for their individual gain.
BONUS: Brian Tracy, “Create your own future: How to
master 12 critical factors of unlimited success”
John Wiley 2002.
There is much to like about this book. I especially benefited
from his section on using your “superconscious mind” to
build capabilities to size up new situations and recognize
patterns to make decisions. –> tool kit for Intuition.