I’m (slightly) above average!

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.

That’s rough, and definitely a problem…

I’m cheating a bit since I’m in chemistry… but… its nice to be in the top half, not the bottom half.

14 cites on one paper and 5 on the other (my third paper is much closer to the average… with 2 cites…) Its not like these are great high-impact papers… but at least one or two people not in my research group and not the editors/reviewers has read them, and that’s fun…

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