Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game
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Resolving the Crisis in Research by Changing the Game

An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy

Morten Huse

This groundbreaking book arrives at a time of growing concern for the future of true scholarship. Calling for coordinated efforts to reorganise the scholarly ecosystem, Morten Huse reflects on the past and looks to the future to uncover a communal approach to scholarship that comprises an open, innovative and impact-driven attitude to research that can change the academic game.
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Chapter 2: Where is academia going? Living within a POP culture

Morten Huse

Abstract

I start this chapter with reflections about the present ‘publish or perish’ culture, and concerns about where our profession is going. I go on to discuss Boyer’s benchmark contribution about scholarship. Finally, I present a scholarly ecosystem consisting of institutions, audience, message, channels, journals and community. Institutions are formed by a neoliberal market ideology with external incentives. The audience is typically a narrow group in academia. The message is incremental; gap spotting and focus is usually short term and based on the past. The channels are premiere journals and they are tenure track driven and create publishing technicians. It is a community where the winner takes it all; it is based on relying on the self.

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