Daniel Lemire is a computer science professor at the Data Science Laboratory of the Université du Québec (TÉLUQ) in Montreal. His research is focused on software performance and data engineering. He is a techno-optimist and a free-speech advocate.
Chinese researchers used to be offered cash rewards for publishing research articles. The Chinese government has banned such rewards. Increasingly, we are collectively realizing that a single-minded focus on publication numbers ensures systemic waste and failure. This is not unique to the business of research. You do not want to assess programmers by counting the number of lines of code they write, or writers by how many books they have published. The naive application of simple metrics can lead to disastrous results.