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In Defense of an Academic Career in Microbiology

Overview of attention for article published in mSphere, May 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#3 of 849)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

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2 news outlets
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945 tweeters
facebook
6 Facebook pages

Readers on

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46 Mendeley
Title
In Defense of an Academic Career in Microbiology
Published in
mSphere, May 2018
DOI 10.1128/msphere.00575-17
Pubmed ID
Authors

Patrick D. Schloss

Abstract

The rise of Quit Lit describing the myriad reasons for leaving academia and constant complaining by mentors leave many trainees with little desire for an academic career. Although there are clearly structural and social problems in academia, I feel that they are outweighed by the benefits of working and living in an academic environment. Every academic values different things about their job, and here I outline the factors that keep me in academia. To make sure that our best scientists are not scared away from academia, we must provide balance to the negativity that regularly surrounds discussions of careers in academia.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 46 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 30%
Researcher 10 22%
Unspecified 8 17%
Professor 3 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 7%
Other 8 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 33%
Unspecified 9 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 13%
Chemistry 4 9%
Immunology and Microbiology 4 9%
Other 8 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 622. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 August 2019.
All research outputs
#10,392
of 13,407,638 outputs
Outputs from mSphere
#3
of 849 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#601
of 269,079 outputs
Outputs of similar age from mSphere
#1
of 44 outputs
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