Competition in science: links between publication pressure, grant pressure and the academic job market

C.J.F. Waaijer, J.C. Teelken, I.C.M. van der Weijden, Paul Wouters

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Abstract

In the current discussions concerning the pressure for publication and to obtain grants,
the questions about what publication and grant pressure actually involve and how they
are linked to the academic job market, are often neglected. In this study, we show that
publication and grand pressure are not just external forces but internal ones as scientists
apply pressure to themselves in the process of competition. Through two surveys, one of
1,133 recent PhDs at five Dutch universities and one of 225 postdoctoral researchers at
two Dutch universities, we found that publication and grant pressure have to be considered
in relation with competition for academic jobs. While publication and grant
pressure are perceived to be too high by a majority of these early career researchers, the
effects of publication and grant pressure by themselves are limited.
LanguageEnglish
Pages225–243
Number of pages19
JournalHigher Education Policy
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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Waaijer, C.J.F. ; Teelken, J.C. ; van der Weijden, I.C.M. ; Wouters, Paul. / Competition in science: links between publication pressure, grant pressure and the academic job market. In: Higher Education Policy. 2018 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 225–243.
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