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The puncta enigma.

08:00 EDT 14th August 2017 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "The puncta enigma."

This Editor's Corner may sound like the title of a mystery novel, but it actually reflects a question I have about the puncta articles that appear in Autophagy. In particular, I am surprised by the number of solicitations sent out for puncta that are either ignored, or, less frequently, declined. It is not that I expect the principal investigator (PI) to find the invitation to write a punctum undeniably attractive. Rather, it is the unilateral decision that it is not worthwhile for graduate students or postdocs who performed the work---and likely wrote at least the first draft of the paper---to write the punctum. In fact, time spent drafting a punctum yields considerable benefits: puncta provide more exposure for the lab, offer opportunities for young scientists to gain additional writing experience, and make a nice (albeit small) addition to a curriculum vitae. It is for the latter reason that I find it particularly disappointing that PIs decide to dismiss the opportunity to write a punctum. I fully understand that for many PIs, adding a punctum will not have a significant impact on a curriculum vitae. Yet for a student or a postdoc who might have a relatively small number of publications at this stage of their career, a punctum (though not a full-fledged research article) can have a more meaningful impact on their C.V.

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Name: Autophagy
ISSN: 1554-8635
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