I understand the point here but this statement is really only relevant for academic researchers. There are many other paths to career success in science including those in industry, public health, and others where publication record has little or nothing to do with progression at work. Moreover, choosing a non academic career does not in any way I have seen hinder one’s ability to be successful in their chosen filed of study or even to achieve a high level of “prowess” as this article puts it. Excellence is recognized in science in many ways. Publication record is only important in the narrowest sense and to a very few, mostly university tenure and hiring committees.

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