A few weeks ago, I made a post on LinkedIn
Phil’s published research just hit over 10,000 citations over the past 5 years according to Google Scholar.
I’ve always thought citations are an imperfect metric for scientific achievement, especially in the academic culture of publish and perish.
The truth is I was incredibly lucky to start my scientific career in a hot area, with a prolific supervisor who cracked the code on high-impact publishing.
Another hard truth is that success begets success, eventually one’s reputation and name impacts their perception of science, for the better or worse.
Yes, I worked hard and it does feel great to have your work cited and recognized by so many others. But I also recognize the advantages, privilege, and circumstances that I had that so many others don’t.