Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Academic Earnings

For the Glory

“In 2006, I published my first article in an academic journal. . . I called my mother to tell her the news.
“‘Great,’ she said. ‘What are they paying you?’
In 2006, I published my first article in an academic journal, a lengthy analysis debunking the existence of an Uzbek terrorist organization. I called my mother to tell her the news.
“Great,” she said. “What are they paying you?”
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“I had come to academia from journalism, which, at the time, paid people. Less than a decade ago, it was reasonable for journalists to expect that a corporation profiting off their labor would offer a modicum of compensation. Working for nothing—or nothing’s contemporary euphemism, ‘exposure’—was laughable.

“I explained to my mother that academic publishing was different. Writing for money could potentially compromise the objectivity of the research. Publishing was part of the academic’s job, allegedly reflected in his or her university salary. . . . 

“Seven years later, journalism has adopted the academic publishing model, only without the pretense of integrity.”
—Sarah Kendzior, Should Academics Write for Free?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 25, 2013 (Thanks to alert recovering journalist and unpaid WORDster Mark Brunson)

• Editorial Comment: Vita hit.

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