Universities

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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