Time to celebrate science’s ‘hidden’ contributors

Everyone wants to be a Nobel prizewinner, but Nobel prizewinners didn’t get there on their own. Alongside the support of family and friends, scientists rely on an army of technicians, librarians and other people who fill roles that contribute to research outputs — from the humble article to paradigm-shifting experiments.

These essential, hidden roles are rarely celebrated alongside research achievements, which can make it hard to convince graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to consider them as career options. Recognizing the variety of parts in a functioning scientific culture is a challenge that research-evaluation processes around the world have failed to solve.

In 2021, in the shadow of the pandemic, we took part in an exercise that became a live experiment of how hidden contributions can be celebrated…

Read the full article on the Nature website (behind paywall).

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