If you could only write one more research paper…

Many years ago, I read the following piece of wisdom:

  • If you had only one year left to live, what would you do differently?
  • What are you waiting for to make these changes, now?

Let me propose a variant for researchers:

  • If you could only write one more research paper, what would you write?
  • Why aren’t you writing it?

7 thoughts on “If you could only write one more research paper…”

  1. If I had one year to live, I’d spend less time studying deep stuff that I don’t expect to usefully understand for some time to come, and as a result if I nonetheless live longer I’ll understand less and won’t be able to make contributions that I could make otherwise.

  2. Because I am far away from tenure šŸ™‚
    And I need less risk and more output. This implies that the paper I would like to do is more uncertain regarding output.

  3. I agree with your challenge, and I learned to be an researcher at 65 and Im preparing a paper about the “Impact of Business Intelligence in decision making processes”.
    If this subject interest you, please, let me know and I will send you a copy to publish it or spred my point of view.

  4. I think this is a very, very good suggestion. Especially since one year is neither too short, nor too long, so it allows a carefull selection of topic.

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