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Fast-Food Scholarship

By Lynn Worsham

As a long-time editor of a scholarly journal, I review a substantial amount of new scholarship in my field, almost daily. While many academics in the humanities and social sciences are still producing substantive, rigorous, high-quality scholarship, I have noticed a growing trend that disturbs me and others devoted to rigorous research: Too many academics—veterans and neophytes alike—are producing scholarship that appears to have traded careful, methodical, fully developed intellectual work for quick and dirty publication.

I have come to think of such half-baked work as “fast-food scholarship.” It’s characterized by several factors

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Fast-Food-Scholarship/130049/

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