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Scientists, Calculate Your Chances of Success in Academe

The likelihood that a scientist will find success in the academic-job market is highly predictable, and it depends largely on his or her publication record, according to the journal Current Biology.

The probability of becoming a principal investigator, according to the researchers behind the article, hinges mostly on three variables: the number of articles, the “impact factor” of the journals in which the articles were published, and the number of papers receiving more citations than the expected number for that journal.

Aspiring principal investigators can calculate their own probability here. Click at your own risk.

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