High-quality research requires appropriate employment and working conditions for researchers. However, many academic systems rely on short-term employment contracts, biased selection procedures and misaligned incentives, which hinder research quality and progress. We discuss ways to redesign academic systems, emphasizing the role of permanent employment.
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This work was conceived in the scope of the German Reproducibility Network (https://reproducibilitynetwork.de). We thank F. Henninger for his helpful comments, and L. Wagner and B. Heling for their help with formatting the document.
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Rahal, RM., Fiedler, S., Adetula, A. et al. Quality research needs good working conditions. Nat Hum Behav 7, 164–167 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-022-01508-2