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Internal peer review: Don’t do a Gollum

Who’s that reedy-voiced little person, perched high in a tower, away from the filthy rabble below who would tarnish his prize possession should they ever touch it? Why, it’s an academic resisting an internal peer review, says Adam Golberg.

I’ve previously written about the ‘Star Wars Error’ in grant writing, and my latest desperate attempt to crowbar popular culture references into articles about bidding for funding draws inspiration from Gollum, a character from Lord of the Rings.

Gollum is, as I’m sure many are aware, a twisted, tortured figure—wicked and pitiable in equal measure. He’s an addict whose sole driver is the possession of the ring of power, which he loves and hates with equal ferocity. A little like me and my thesis, back in the day. 

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