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Warning: a little saccharine.
My mother, no doubt like yours, was right about a lot of things (although she was wrong about some other things). One thing she was really, really right about was the importance, and the power, of saying “thanks”.
I know, that seems trivial; but we sometimes forget. This crossed my radar recently because I saw a tweet exhorting people to thank reviewers and editors (that is, members of journal editorial boards) who had worked, unpaid, with their manuscripts. A reply* expressed surprise that journal editors might be unpaid (and therefore, implicitly, deserving of thanks). I had several reactions to all this.
First: some people might think “why should I thank those power-wielding career-destroying gatekeeping mean people”? I plead guilty to having this thought myself, occasionally and temporarily. Continue reading