Category: 3. Academia

  • Abolishing tenure and academic competitive strategy

    Abolishing tenure and academic competitive strategy

    The U.S. state of Texas is trying to abolish tenure for public university professors. If this comes to pass, it would be a highly interesting natural field experiment on academic competitive strategy. From an academic perspective, I’m quite curious about this. Tenure means job security: Tenured professors can’t (easily) be fired, ensuring freedom of research…

  • Rage against required templates for paper submissions

    Rage against required templates for paper submissions

    Anyone who wants to submit a paper to a computer science conference usually faces two options: Use a TeX template or use a Word template. I haven’t written TeX in thirty years as a first author (I do edit and contribute as a coauthor because it can’t be avoided) and I use Linux and hence…

  • To review or not to review

    To review or not to review

    I previously reported about a bogus review for a journal submission of ours. The submission had been rejected partly or fully based on a review that obviously had nothing to do with our paper but must have been reused from before. I had complained to the editor, but I had not got any answers for…

  • Using open source to align academic client-supplier relationships

    Using open source to align academic client-supplier relationships

    Open source is a boon for academic project collaboration. As long as the collaboration is not only voluntary, but also on equal footing, everyone can contribute and benefit under the guidance of an open source license and processes. However, as soon as money flows between the partners, the lawyers will want to have their say,…

  • Why we shouldn’t grade dissertations

    Why we shouldn’t grade dissertations

    tl;dr — A quality mark of a dissertation is that its reviewers don’t all come from the same university. However, different universities have different grading systems, making average grades meaningless at best and hurtful to the careers of young researchers at worst. So we should move to a pass/fail system of grading. A dissertation (a.k.a.…

  • How to get a Ph.D. in Germany

    How to get a Ph.D. in Germany

    In this 10min. video, I explain ways of getting a doctoral title (Ph.D.) in Germany. I specifically explain the individual doctorate and its differences to the structured programs of Anglo-Saxon universities. This talk is scheduled for Jan 24th, with 165 registrations for the live event one week before already.