17 September, 2009

What matters in academia?

I just received an email from one of those companies who market "Who's Who"-style books. This one is targeted at academics. The first paragraph informs me that,

In academia it isn't what you know, it's who you know...and who knows you.
Yes, and that's why we obsess with publishing in high-quality journals. Into the trash bin with you.


Brandon said...

I've been getting them, too. I really wonder if there are any academics who are somehow convinced by the ad copy that what they need to boost their career is to be listed in a Who's Who.

jack perry said...

Good question!