Publish or Perish

Definition: An aphorism describing the pressure researchers feel to publish academic manuscripts, often in high prestige academic journals, in order to have a successful academic career. This pressure to publish a high quantity of manuscripts can go at the expense of the quality of the manuscripts. This institutional pressure is exacerbated by hiring procedures and funding decisions strongly focusing on the number and impact of publications.

Related terms: Incentive structure, Journal Impact Factor, Reproducibility crisis (aka Replicability or replication crisis), Salami slicing, Slow Science

References: Case (1928), & Fanelli (2010)

Drafted and Reviewed by: Eliza Woodward, Nick Ballou, Mahmoud Elsherif, Helena Hartmann, Annalise A. LaPlume, Sam Parsons, Timo Roettger, Olmo van den Akker

Note that we are currently working on an automated mechanism to link references cited above with their full-length version that can be found at with all references used so far.