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Science  05 Oct 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6410, pp. 118
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6410.118

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    • Marco Tatullo, Scientific Director, Tecnologica Research Institute, Crotone, Italy

    I read with great interest the letter from dr. Sheikhi. I still remember the contest for PhD Student's position, just few weeks after my first degree. I remember it well, also because I was the only candidate with a degree in dentistry who was applying for a position in a PhD school in medical biochemistry, but I was the only candidate with some published articles in my CV. At that time, the academic committee assessed positively such candidates who already published their own articles during the early steps of their curriculum vitae. At the end of my doctorate course, thanks to a stimulating P.I. and to a PhD School really committed to make indipendent researchers, I published more than ten scientific papers with first/last name. My scientific career was boosted after my PhD course, in fact, I obtained a second degree, in Medicine, and I am currently the scientific director of a top-class research insitute located in Italy. What about my PI and the teachers I worked during my PhD course? Today, they are my closed collaborators, colleagues and among my best friends. That hard but satisfactory experience, over time, made me scientifically autonomous, made me able to write a projects, created the basis to strengthen international networks, but, above all, it gave me my most important teaching: of course, you are more than your publications, but your publications describe who you are in the scientific community. In conclusion, the real current challenge i...

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    • Samhita K, Doctoral Scholar, Psychologist, Researcher, Poet, Writer, Teacher, Jain University

    The article titled "More than my publications" by Amir Sheikhi revolves around the turbulence of the author after his doctoral studies. While Sheikhi contends that publications don't matter as much and that one must not judge a scientist by the number of publications he/she has, I believe it is imperative to publish. I do not say 'publish or perish' but I would like to emphasize the impirtance of placing one's hard work out there. One needs to showcase one's credibility as a scientist or researcher. If the latter is not yet ready to publish, he/she may opt for other means of achievement such as getting patents for new inventions, creation of new tools and methods and the like. Publications are important to give an impetus to one's work. There are other feasible routes apart from publications as I mentioned, and can help bring limelight to the scientist. After all, scientific research and scientific writing go hand in hand. There are other viable avenues like science communication, disseminating knowledge through public speaking, and inventing new experiments. Publish to be known, and do research to know is what I contend.

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