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Research debt

19 Jun 2017, 13:41 UTC
Research debt
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In conversations with colleagues, I came across a lovely new term: "research debt". Like the hashtag #youshouldbewriting I am sure it is a motivational stick of some sort. Because we in academia are all motivated exclusively by sticks apparently...So yes the term irked me some but mostly because it implies that as soon as one does other duties such as teaching and family, that really was time that should be spent on research. In context it was used as the stuff one does not get to because of teaching but I dislike the implication. Mostly because the word 'debt' implies 'interest'. Well it is summer. Time to pay off the debt.

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