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Publish or Perish

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

Imad Moosa’s thought-provoking book explores the contemporary doctrine that plagues the academic sphere: the principle of publish or perish. This book identifies the pressures placed upon academics to either publish their work regularly, or suffer the consequences, including lack of promotion, or even redundancy.
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Chapter 2: Consequences of POP: Research quality and dissemination of knowledge

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences

Imad A. Moosa

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A consequence of the POP culture has been the proliferation of published research at a rate that is disproportional to the advancement of human knowledge. However, most of the published work goes unnoticed even by fellow academics. The POP culture has adverse consequences for the quality of published research, and it impedes the discovery process. Furthermore, the POP culture Slows down the dissemination of knowledge, drives a wedge between published research and reality, makes research findings unreliable and biased, and introduces bias against research from developing and non-English speaking countries and against non-article publications. POP also has an adverse effect on non-research activities, including teaching and community service.

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