Publish plenty premature papers, or perish preparing principled progress?

Slow and steady wins the race

Slow science is a recent term to promote a stronger focus on solid, curiosity-driven research instead of quick and sloppy works to evade the "perish" part of the "publish or perish" paradigm. Fast science like fast food makes things happen quickly, but limits our scope to hasty fry-ups.

Why do authors publish so many papers?

It is easier to focus on many papers instead of fewer more substantial works: There are various incentives: There are no penalties:

Do authors perish if they focus on fewer, but more substantial works?

In some disciplines authors may have the option of targeting more selective venues that set higher standards for quality, which can then be very prestigious. Yet many of the previously mentioned issues remain. The selectivity of venues may also not be very well known and the prestige only extend to certain subcommunities. Matters are made worse by the fact that it is completely subjective, e.g., only looking at acceptance rates of a venue indicates very little about their quality.

How could well-intentioned researchers be helped?

Likeminded people unite.

Reach out to this postdoctoral researcher if you like to:

Fear the mighty snail!

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