Ass Sniffers

January 6, 2009

As a tangent to an interesting discussion at Dr. Jekyll & Mrs. Hyde’s place concerning peer review conflicts of interests, Comrade PhysioProf raised the issue of chronic ass-sniffers:

People definitely will, if merited, gain the reputation of being an “ass sniffer” (so-called because they are always running around with their noses shoved up everyone else’s asses stealing ideas) if they are perceived as scurrying around a subfield watching what everyone else is doing–at conferences, seminars, and via their access to unpublished information through peer review of grants and manuscripts–and always rushing in at the last minute with a contemporaneous “me too” manuscript that always seems to be less well-done, more superficial, and less comprehensive than those of the other lab groups.

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