Never too old for a ‘eureka moment’
Inside Higher Ed - 11/04/2016
Critics of the tenure system often say that scholarly productivity declines over time. While that’s true, according to a new study in Science, creativity, or a shot at a big breakthrough, doesn’t have to wane — as long as one keeps working.
“We offer empirical evidence that impact is randomly distributed within the sequence of papers published by a scientist,” the paper says, “implying that impact variations during a scientific career can be fully explained by changes in productivity” — not age.