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Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone. Gettysburg College

What is the secret to success?

Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.
Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher? Michael Brace/flickr

Should academics cite those who have breached moral and humane borders?

Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar's behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students. flickr/Sixth Lie

Shift away from ‘publish or perish’ puts the public back into publication

Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
Tertiary institutions in South Africa, like the University of Cape Town (pictured here), are in a state of flux and change. Shutterstock

How academic staff development can contribute to changing universities

South Africa's universities are in a state of upheaval. Academic developers must rethink their own purpose and how they work with academics in this environment to foster positive change.

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