Has big science turned shifted its hiring practices more toward spreading popular ideas, or is it truly founded on the principles of the scientific method?
Researchers in one study, according to a write up by American Council on Science and Health’s Dr. Charles Dinerstein, put a magnifying glass on the hiring practices of 205 computer science PhD programs in the U.S. and Canada.
While the results initially showed ideas mostly spread by merit, a different set of parameters suggested otherwise.
“Ideas from eminent institutions continued to have a halo effect,” Dinerstein writes, citing the research. “Bottom line: high-quality ideas circulate longer irrespective of their source, while lower-quality ideas have a survival advantage coming from prestigious institutions.”