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[–] BarelyCoherent 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That's not the only part of the problem. There is also an over supply of post graduate students turning out sub standard research. Over the last 20-30 years I have the watched the level of "new" research decline and thus more PhD's granted. The same techniques used to find a different micro-rna marker for the same cancer is not new research. It's sufficient for a paper not a PhD!

Further there is the problem with the "produce papers or die mentality", which looks like it might be being phased out. I have seen separate papers written by the same sub-group of authors published in different journals reporting the same information. It looks like They just jumbled up the order such that they can pass the "new unpublished paper" required by a lot of these journals.