Browsing All posts tagged under »academics«

Predatory Open Access Publisher OMICS Publishing Group: Now Blog Spamming

April 13, 2012


Not all Open Access publications are good. Some are basic Nigerian scams, and I don’t mean that as a figment of speech, some literally are scams run out of Nigeria. They ask for money and will publish anything. Interestingly just yesterday it appears that some pseudoscientists  got scammed, Scam Publisher Fools Swedish Cranks. There is […]

The Tenure System Protects Predatory Behaviour Against Students

March 12, 2012


Kate Clancy has raised the very important issue of sexual harassment of female anthropologists (seems to be archaeology mainly) students in both the field and in class by professors. These posts have gained traction lately in the blogging world from both Not the Discovery Channel and John Hawks. It has also made it […]

Open Access Journal Search

January 6, 2012


After a lot more work than I thought it was going to be, I created a searchable table of Open Access Archaeology Publications using google charts and google fusion tables. You can now now view the finished product at Open Access Archaeology. It will be replacing my current list of open access journals. I will […]

By request- time between PhD and Academic jobs by school

January 2, 2012


This post is by request of the Anonymous Swiss Collector. A few weeks back I wrote about the average time between obtaining a PhD and a academic archaeology job in the UK, 4.32 yrs. The question was asked if these numbers could applied to individual universities to see if there was a difference between universities. […]

New Website With Every (almost, 700+) Archaeology Programs in the World

December 19, 2011


Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been very, very busy with lots of projects, one of which is the launch of- Myself and Paolo Ciuchini, of ArchaeoJobs fame, have put together a searchable map-list of over 700+ archaeology programs around the world (see full list below). If you need to find […]

Some New Comments on Open Access and Archaeology and Shameless Self-promotion

December 11, 2011


This came from the Assemblage journal RSS feed- “…we’re bringing you a smorgasbord of features to tide you over for the festive season. We have a double State of the Arch update with two pieces on a similar theme. Patrcik Hadley discusses the issues surrouonding setting up Mesolithic Miscellany and the world of open access journals, […]

List of Archaeology Programs

December 8, 2011


As part of a project between myself and Paolo at to create a list of universities that have archaeology programs I created a list of all USA schools that have an archaeology degree/anthropology degree with an emphasis on archaeology.  Now I am sure this is not 100% but it is probably close to 98-99% […]

Elite Schools Lead to Academic Jobs- Fallacy or Fact

December 4, 2011


The other day I wrote about how quite a few people advised students not to go to grad school. One of the pieces I brought up, by Larry Cebula, has been (not sure on the write word- critiqued?) by Holger Syme  . It is a decent critique that presents a fairly good argument for going […]

The Flow of Ideas

November 30, 2011


The other day I mused about how certain universities dominate where academics get their degrees from and how this might influence the spread of ideas. Taking this a bit further I looked at the distribution of academics, in the UK, by decade to see if there were trends over time. Again, using the distribution of […]

The Crap Shoot that is the Academic Job Hunt or Why You Don’t Have to be Faster than the Bear, Just Faster than your Slowest Friend

November 29, 2011


A couple of blogs have been posting, and linking to each other, about getting an academic job- Open Letter to My Students: No, You Cannot be a Professor, You Aren’t the Exception, and Why Do Grad Students Think They Can Beat the Odds? The basic gist of all of these articles are that most students will […]

Where do Professors Come From?

November 28, 2011


In my last few posts I have looked at how long it takes between a PhD and an Academic Job both overall and by decade. As part of that same dataset I also collected information on where academic archaeologists got their degrees from. This happened to be a lot easier to obtain then details on […]

“When you are caught up in the throes of academia, in historical debate and analysis, you sometimes lose touch with that essential part of history; it’s the part that makes it beautiful and interesting.”

November 26, 2011


Not Your Fathers Archaeology- Time between PhD and Archaeology Academic Jobs.

November 25, 2011


A few days ago I wrote about the average time it took academics in the UK between receiving their PhD and getting an permanent academic job, 4.32 yrs,  but that was an over all average and not broken down by any other factors. I have since looked at these numbers by the decade in which […]

How Long Between a PhD and Academic Archaeology Job?

November 23, 2011


How Long Between when one gets a PhD and when one obtains an academic job in archaeology? Lots of people ask that question so I set out to find the answer, at least for UK based archaeologists. As part of looking at the number of staff positions post I also noted down years staff obtained […]

Details on 22 Open Access Archaeology Publications

November 21, 2011


A few weeks ago I started a new blog open access archaeology- So far it has worked out pretty well, only minimal time and barely takes away from this blog. Here is quick recap of 22 open access publications that I have posted so far with links and brief overviews. You can find full details […]

Studying Archaeology in Europe

November 20, 2011


The website “Studying Archaeology in Europe” went live a few days ago. It is part of a larger project, of the same name, that- … will improve the information and personal support available to students in order to enhance future international exchanges and experience, and potential future employment opportunities through the European Union. For […]

Canary in the Coal Mine: Will anthropologists be the first to go?

November 17, 2011


Dr. Janice Happer, an anthropologists herself, wrote a very interesting opt. ed. “Why Florida Gov. Rick Scott Was Right To Slam Studying Anthropology“. Which is quite a different response then other anthropologists to Governor Rick Scott’s comments. She does point out, as I have, that the numbers provided by the Department of Labour are crap […]

Breaking the Essay- Some additional tools and tricks: Screencasting

November 16, 2011


I wrote a couple of days back about replacing paper essays with websites and I would just like to spend a few more moments on that idea, mainly on the details. The problem with any time you deal with computer software, internet programs, or coding in general is that not everything works. Creating a paper […]

Hacking Archaeology Academia: Breaking the Essay

November 12, 2011


This is an idea I had, but probably I am not in the position anytime soon to implement it so feel free to use it and implement it if you can.

Archaeology(scratch that) Life 101: How to read publications

November 10, 2011


Archaeology Life 101 is how to read any sort of research publication whether it is academic or not. Here is a great lesson on that

Universities and Archaeology

November 5, 2011


“For most of them, in the end, what the university offers is not skills or knowledge but credentials: a diploma that signals employability and basic work discipline. Those who manage to learn a lot often—though happily not always—come from highly educated families and attend highly selective colleges and universities. They are already members of an […]

New Use of Blogs

November 4, 2011


Stephen H. Lekson, from the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado, has started a new blog, The Southwest in the World. It is a pretty cool concept. He is writing a book putting up rough chapters up as blog posts.

Funding Stats for Anthropology (Archaeology) PhDs- How many get funded

October 6, 2011


Thinking about getting a Anthropology (Archaeology) PhD in the United States? Wondering how you are going to pay for it? I can’t answer that for you but here is a break down of how other PhD students funded their studies

Hitting the Wall- the loss of archaeology students

September 15, 2011


Many long distance runners will experience a phenomenon, known as hitting the wall, during a race. This is were their bodies reach the limit of their abilities and they can no longer keep up their current pace. Academic archaeology is in the middle of such an event. The graph below shows the number of archaeology […]

When it Rains, it Pours PhDs

September 14, 2011


First look at this figure- Since 1988, over 1,735+ people have graduated with a UK PhD in archaeology.

Academic Jobs in the UK- If you thought the US job market was flooded

September 9, 2011


As a companion to my research into academic jobs in North American I took a look at academic jobs for archaeologists in the UK.

The Job Market is Saturated with PhDs

September 5, 2011


“The job market is saturated with PhDs” I hear this phrase all of the time in archaeology. It would explain why there are 100-200 applicants for every tenure track position in archaeology. It may be true but I like hard numbers and would like to know what exactly a “saturated market” really looks like.

Highest Cited Archaeology Journal Papers

August 26, 2011


Using the Publisher or Perish citation analysis software I have been looking at the statistics for hundreds of English Language Archaeology Journals. One of the outputs from this software is the number of citations each individual paper within a journal receives. After a pretty extensive search of about 250 archaeology journals I am pretty confident […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (3)

August 18, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs, used so far in this review, (seen here listed the median life time earnings (40 hrs a week, 52 weeks a year, 40 years) by degrees is as follows: Associates: 25th percentile- $1,177,100 Median- $1,727,000 75th Percentile- $2,426,300 BA: 25th percentile-$1,490,600 Median-$2,268,000 75th Percentile-3,388,700 MA: 25th percentile- […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (2)

August 17, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs (seen here listed the lowest life time earning (based on 40hrs a week for 40 years) by career for Associates and BA degrees, out of the 300 occupations it covered. They were: Associates degree- Teacher Assistants $9.40 per hr. ($782,000) Cashiers $10.81 per hr. ($899,000) Nursing, Psychiatric, […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (1)

August 16, 2011


Georgetown university just published a report on lifetime earnings of people by degree level e.g. some highschool, highschool, BA, MA, PhD, and professional degrees. You can see the summary and full report here:   They have a even shorter summary of 4 rules: Rule No.1: Degree Level Matters. But Rule No.2: Occupational choice can […]

Clarification on Author Pays in Archaeology

June 11, 2011


My post on a new open access archaeology journal has garnered several comments. My responses to one of the comments is too long so I have turned it into a post.

Scholarometer and Archaeology

June 10, 2011


Today, I checked out the website Scholarometer , a website that tracks the citations of individual authors through Google Scholar, and looked at the rankings of archaeologists with the top h-index scores. First, it only listed 123 authors but that is probably because many are listed as anthropologists. Still the UK probably has about 600-800 […]

Archaeology Journals: Print Only

May 17, 2011


While a lot of journals are now online there still many that are only produced in a print format. Yet, these journals also have websites. Here is a list of print archaeology journals and links to their websites. As always if you find errors, dead links, or that I missed a critical journal please leave […]

Why smart people need stupid people but don’t know it and what that says about smart people.

May 4, 2011


This is one of those ‘barely has anything to do with archaeology’ posts. I read this rant, Ignorance Today, from Massimo Pigliucci, a Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York. Basically, he lauds the poor state of critical thinking in the world today. He believes that on the one […]

There was no Binford without Binford

April 27, 2011

0 I mentioned this article in the last post I made but I think it is good enough to warrant its own post. Sally Binford was married to the recently deceased Lew Binford for a few years while he did some of his most ground breaking work. While Lew Binford was brilliant, even Sally thought […]

Why Graduate Exams Make NO Sense

April 27, 2011


Graduate exams, some schools still do them  and it perplexes me to no end. Do not get me wrong, I know why they do it. Graduate exams happen because of tradition and as a way to weed out graduate students, but these reasons are plain silly. Tradition is great, at the same time if you […]

Archaeology PhD Programs: Can We Do Them Better?

April 25, 2011


Recently, one of the people I did my MA with decided that she was going to quite her PhD program. There were a multitude of reasons for this but one specifically stood out to me, time. She was led to believe that her MA would transfer without any problems and that she was looking at […]

Would You Pay $4.84 PER PAGE to read a journal?

April 12, 2011


In addition to the many things I am currently doing, I am writing up/editing a paper for the newest issue of the Assemblage Journal. The topic of the article is journal publishing in archaeology. I do not want to give away all of results before it gets published, but this calculation just blew my mind […]

The Barriers to Archaeology: Past Publications and the “old” Literature

April 5, 2011


‘Entry level costs barrier’ is a term used in the business world to describe the minimum amount of money that needs to be invested to get a business up and running. For example, to start a pizza delivery company you would have to rent a shop, buy/rent on oven, and buy tools of the trade e.g. […]

The Battle: Archaeologists vs. other Archaeologists

March 24, 2011


So this is inspired by an earlier post on Johan Normark’s blog Why Heritage Studies needs you. He posted this video- The video was interesting but what really caught my eye was the comment below.