This is a credible scientific journal?

nature is considered one of the few tip-top scientific journals in the world.  At research-intensive institutions, tenure decisions are made based in non-trivial part on whether a faculty member was able to get articles published in nature and similar.  nature publishes less than 10% of submitted science manuscripts, and it’s that high because most people are smart enough not to  try unless they really think they are onto something big.  Because of the prestige of the journal and “we’re first” aspect of the articles, it is the most highly cited general science journal in the world on a per-article basis. Continue reading


The academic job search for the rest of us, Part II – What am I getting myself into?

This is the second post in a series about the academic job search in the physical sciences for people who either need to or want to consider non-research intensive institutions, including ones that aren’t any any way “elite”. Probably a good idea to read Part I first.  Some of this information may be useful for those in other fields. Continue reading

The academic job search for the rest of us, Part I – Do you belong here?

This is the first I what I hope to be a series of posts on the academic job search for people in the physical sciences (and maybe other sciences and other fields) who aren’t research hot-shots and are looking at the majority of tenure-track jobs that are at non-research intensive institutions. Continue reading