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Time to Rethink the Scientific CV

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A key problem with the standard CV is that it can reduce a scientist to numbers.

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There's a growing call to revamp the academic CV (curriculum vitae) used to support applications for jobs, funding, promotions, and awards.

Researchers need to find fresh ways to document their accomplishments and value beyond a mere listing of publications, and committees overseeing promotions and grants need to change their protocols and expectations, says Needhi Bhalla, a cell biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "CVs should reflect the authentic experience of being a scientist," she says, including mentorship, work on committees, outreach, and many other contributions that don't result in publications.

CVs have long been part of the currency of scientific promotion. Scientists often feel obliged to list every publication, presentation, and award in a single document intended to sway committees through its sheer length and volume.

Some institutions are rethinking the CV in response to a renewed focus on team science and equity, diversity, and inclusion. In response, researchers are learning how to rework CVs to emphasize quality over quantity, and to include narratives about their broader impact.

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