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Adam Golberg: How to learn to love internal peer review

Who’s that reedy-voiced person, perched high in a tower, protecting his prize possession from an outsider’s touch? 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 the Lord of the Rings.

Gollum is a twisted, tortured figure. He’s an addict whose sole driver is the possession of the ring of power, which he loves and hates with equal ferocity. His obsession with keeping the ring serves as an analogy with grant-writers. Because even in the current climate of demand management, internal peer review and research development support, there are still researchers who treat their projects as their “precious” and are unwilling to share them or to seek feedback.

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