Glam Journals Whiff Again: Nature Shares Advice from Neglectful Mentor

Eleftherios Diamandis Article on Mentoring Draws Social Media Ire for Out of Touch Style and Student Anxiety Shaming

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  1. Elftherios Diamondis is a University of Toronto cancer researcher who has posted in both Science and Nature viewpoints on mentoring, career advancement and work ethic. Diamondis is self-described as a '30-plus year' faculty member and prolific author with close to 400 peer reviewed papers.
  2. His career has benefitted from his 16-18 hour days, a scientist wife who, he confesses, did the majority of the work raising their children who played in the lobby of his building on weekends. In 2015, Diamandis wrote in Science about how his 120-hour work weeks were key to his success. Rather than using this as a profile of a well regarded researcher, Science chose to highlight this piece as advice to young scientists. It did not go well.
  3. This week, Nature put Diamondis back in the spotlight by giving him a spot in Nature Jobs blog entitled "A Growing Phobia" in which he discussed his concern that students were afraid of their advisors. With backhanded statements pointing out he hadn't heard from a student in six months, Diamondis style did not go unnoticed on social media. Perhaps the larger question is, why do high impact journals keep giving this researcher a platform to advise trainees?
  4. No...seriously Nature and Science, are you trolling us?
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