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MIT's Pierre Azoulay studies scientists' productivity and in a Q&A with The Scientist says scientific productivity is measured "badly." It is done through "proxies — things like counts of publications, of patents, of citations to those publications or to those patents," he says. Azoulay also discusses the effect of funding style on productivity, comparing NIH-funded researchers to HHMI researchers.

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