Dear Academics

Pile of BooksIf you agree to provide an essay for a collection of essays or a Festschrift please respect the deadlines which the editors establish.  Taking said deadlines halfheartedly is a tremendous problem for those who are putting volumes together and strains nerves, hearts, and minds.

Would you allow your students to take weeks or in some cases months past course assignment deadlines to turn work in?  I wouldn’t.  You wouldn’t either.

So why treat your colleagues that way?  If you don’t have the time, don’t agree to participate.  If you agree to participate, make the time.


[Written on behalf of all those poor benighted editors who are crushed to the point of asylum despair thanks to missed deadlines and mountainous excuses the post-doc equivalent of ‘the dog ate my assignment’].

Grazie.  Mille grazie!

2 thoughts on “Dear Academics

  1. Jona Lendering 19 Apr 2013 at 6:01 am

    Academics might also consider to stop publishing in Festschriften altogether. Articles in Festschriften are usually impossible to find.

    Come to think of it, if academics published a bit less, we might see an increase of articles that are actually worth reading. There are too many articles.


  2. Jim 19 Apr 2013 at 6:03 am

    personally i love FS, loads of fun stuff.


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