1. A focus on the core business of scientific work: Science is about knowledge, not about volumes of
published material, grants obtained, awards won, academic ranks obtained, the prestige or 'market share͛ of institutions.
2. Quality over quantity: knowledge evolving from scientific work should make a qualitative
difference in societies across the world; that means that the overall target of scientific activity is
not to produce many results, but to produce results that matter.
3. This requires a specific set of conditions for scientific activity:
a. time to think, read, discuss and explore; time to test, experiment, and fail.
b. curiosity-driven work rather than product-oriented work;
c. academic freedom and intellectual independence;
d. The importance of team work and collective achievement instead of individual 'rat race'
templates for scientific achievement.
e. labor conditions and career trajectories than provide such conditions.
4. A non-industrial approach to science. the knowledge generated by scientific activities is a common
good, the value of which should not be expressed in, and even less be confused with, a 'market prize'.
At 15 to 8, a lot of sighing and typing can be heard. A high amount of (mediocre) texts has to be published to stay in the academic business. The ongoing writing, editing, and copy-paste frenzy in many offices is done under the banner of "publish or perish". Some institutions attempt to hack out a counterposition. Tilburg Univerity's Cultural Studies' department (Babylon: Center for the Study of Superdiversity), for instance, wrote an inspiring 'slow science' manifesto, including these guidelines:
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