We didn’t ask for a system that valued impact factor over scientific value; we didn’t ask for the impact factor at all
We didn’t ask for a closed system of pay-to-access journals
We didn’t ask for closed peer review or snide comments lobbed from behind a screen of anonymity
We didn’t ask for glamour mags chasing the next big story
We didn’t ask for terrible funding rates or underfunded science budgets
We didn’t write all those PhD proposals with no hope of a scientific career
We didn’t ask for a terrible understanding of maths, or statistics or computer science
We didn’t ask for obfuscated methods hidden away in supplementary methods
We didn’t ask for “custom Perl script” or “prepared as previously described”
We didn’t ask for closed or unavailable data; we didn’t ask for the silo mentality
We didn’t ask for a gender imbalance and we didn’t ask for sexism
We didn’t create a system that favors men over women
We didn’t create male dominated editorial boards and we didn’t invite all those male speakers
We didn’t ask for it, and we don’t want it. It’s what was given to us and we’re the ones who have to clean up the mess.
We didn’t ask for it, and we’re the ones who are going to change it.
Edit 12:06 GMT 18/11/2013
There perhaps should be some explanation. I don’t know what this is, other than an our-pouring of frustration, on a Sunday, about issues that I feel I cannot change, or that I feel I cannot comment on.
I’m 38, mid-career, and I’ve been in academia for ~12 years. All of the issues I allude to above were present when I started. I didn’t create any of them and as far as I am able, I do not contribute to them either.