One of my new colleagues who joined us in the last quarter of 2017 is visibly disturbed. Since a month back, she has been panicking over how she could get her name on a journal publication. Her desperation was so bad that, during our last meeting, she raised a question to our bosses how she could be involved in the publication process…….after our bosses gave a dressing down to the data collection team (which she is part of) for failing to meet the data collection KPI even after hiring new data collection personnel to boost data collection rates.

Ouch.

To quote one of my bosses, data collection personnel should focus on data collection. Once we have sufficient data, then do we think about journal publications of our results. My boss followed up by enquiring what pressing research questions and hypotheses she has in mind which we could investigate.

“Don’t know. Have not thought