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What the hell have I been doing this (academic) year?

  • Manuscripts accepted: 2
  • Manuscripts under review: 1
  • Revise and resubmits to do: 3
  • Working papers: 3
  • New projects: 2
  • Conference presentations: 2
  • Seminars given: 1
  • PhD students in progress: 5
  • PhD students completed: 0
  • Other students supervised: 2
  • Courses taught: 0
  • Courses scheduled: 4
  • Referee reports to write: 2
  • Referee reports completed: 17
  • Committees: 3
  • Angry co-authors: 0
  • Angry students: ?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


confused and badly written papers is much less pleasant than refereeing clear and well written papers. But often the confused papers have a gem of an idea hidden in them---you just need to find it. And the well written ones can be vacuous.

There is a theory that says that you should put all your ideas into the paper, hoping that the referee will figure out which one is good and help you figure it out. I never believed that theory, but I realize that I often unwittingly provide supportive evidence in my reports.

My head hurts today.

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