Why Professors Are Writing Crap That Nobody Reads! #AcademicPurpose

 

Key insights from marketing thema: 

  • 82% research papers are not even cited once
  • Of those articles that are cited, only 20% have actually been read
  • 50% papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, reviewers & journal editors
  • 2 million academic journal articles are published each year! Who read them? Is science still cumulative? Is this pace sustainable and research still makes sense and has a purpose? Who and which discipline is able to collect and curate such volumes of « knowledge’?

By Daniel Lattier  For: intellectualtakeout.org

Professors usually spend about 3-6 months (sometimes longer) researching and writing a 25-page article to submit an article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their article has been accepted for publication, and will therefore be read by…

… an average of ten people.

Yes, you read that correctly. The numbers reported by recent studies are pretty bleak:

  • 82 percent of articles published in the humanities are not even cited once.
  • Of those articles that are cited, only 20 percent have actually been read.
  • Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.

So what’s the reason for this madness? Why does the world continue to be subjected to just under 2 million academic journal articles each year?

You can read the entire article here 

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