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Unproductive Old Researchers?

VU International News and Reviews No. 100 October 30 2017

October 2017

In a study covering almost 2500 North American researchers with 200 000 publications, researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder have unnerved the generally accepted narrative that researchers peak soon in their career and then show a gradual but inevitable decline. The study – aiming to comprehensively cover North American computer science – shows that this canonical narrative holds true for only about 20% of the researchers. The remaining four-fifths of faculty in their study exhibit a rich diversity of productivity patterns.

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