What it Takes


Not long ago, Science Careers posted a widget—you can find it at http://scim.ag/1pwIaAF—that lets early-career scientists calculate the probability that they’ll someday become principal investigators, on the basis of a few standard publication metrics. The widget builds on work published 2 June in Current Biology (http://bit.ly/TAZQA8) in which the study’s three authors—all early-career computational biologists—used PubMed data to study the influence of some 200 factors on academic scientists’ career trajectories. Built by John Bohannon, a contributing writer for Science Careers, and David van Dijk of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (the lead author of the Current Biology study), our widget employed a simplified model based on the same data set. (Keep reading at .)

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