Do They Know What They’re Doing?

Inspired by Philippa Martyr’s perceptive reflection on the grants industry (Quadrant, October 2012), I’d like to share my experience of that industry’s other end: peer-reviewed publication. Although Martyr focuses on the humanities, my experience tells me her reflection also applies to some parts of the sciences. Like Martyr, I’m trained in the humanities and I don’t claim to be a scientist. Twenty years ago I didn’t know the difference between case and control, or big N and little n, but one absorbs a lot as an author and editor working with professionals in population and public health. After I co-authored…

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