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I'll Read Yours if You Read Mine

Zen Faulkes at Neuro Dojo says that as a search committee member, he doesn't read job applicants' papers — "It takes more time than I'm willing to give," he writes. Faulkes also notes that his committee is routinely hiring for other departments, so that, "in many cases, we're getting applications from people whose science I almost literally do not understand at all." What's worse, Faulkes says, is that he rarely reads his friends' papers either. "I know about the science of people in my department, or the ones I hang out with at conferences from talking to them in the hallways, not from reading their papers front to back," he writes, adding that it's most likely okay since "I know that they don't read mine either."