Does tenure need to change?

We've had a great response to the debate on whether the current way of evaluating scientists is reasonable. Add your thoughts by Wednesday (July 25) and help shape our upcoming feature on the subject

The Scientist Staff
Jul 8, 2007
Do citations keep you up at night? It often seems that institutions place a higher price on specific metrics -- namely, citations and grant money -- than ever before. Scientists can have brilliant ideas and groundbreaking theories, but without the money to pay for the experiments, and the skill to craft a paper that squeezes into one of a handful of elite journals, researchers face a difficult path to promotion and tenure.But there are so many other ways to evaluate a scientist. There's mentoring, speaking at conferences, and communicating with other scientists in a public forum, including online, to name a few.Are tenure decisions getting off track? Are we evaluating scientists fairly? And once scientists become tenured, is there enough structure to ensure they continue to contribute significant science? You've told us what you think about the future of stem cell research. Now tell us how you'd like to...

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