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 10: A sharing philosophy—changing the game

Morten Huse


This book goes beyond presenting the game of the ‘publish or perish’ culture, the ‘state of the misery’ and ‘crisis in research’. The four main contributions for changing the game and readdressing true scholarship are presented. First is sorting the ‘crisis in research’ discussion into an ecosystem framework, and showing the importance of individual as well as common and synchronized actions. Second is illustrating a ‘sharing philosophy’ of scholarship. The sharing philosophy is communal, open and impact-driven. I am also arguing for the importance of applying a scholarly life cycle perspective, and that ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’. We should care for others so that they become skilled and motivated to do the same. Third is appreciating diversity among scholarly associations. Diversity may meet local or specific needs, but semi-independent intellectual traditions are important for intellectual processes. Fourth is reflecting on the importance of champions, benchmarks, examples and lighthouses for ‘returning to meaning’ and ‘true scholarship’.

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