I’ve made out pretty well for myself but I am constantly reminded of choices that I could have made better. Much better.
Examples: (have I complained about this stuff before?) an acquaintance for scored 3 articles in the C/N/S journals all in the same week. If you added the impact factors of all of the journals I’ve published in (double digits), it wouldn’t come close to the impact factor of one of those journals. Former co-graduate students who formed “alliances” with each other and now they all appear on all of each other’s papers. I look at the author lines on those papers and I see 12 names but know that only 3 people did 99% of the work. Bullshit. Yeah yeah I know that those papers are just meaningless filler on the C.V. but when you have your work too, a few extra lines doesn’t hurt. Bullshit. I won’t even get into the social structure around the alliances in our old lab. But it was there and now all of those wankers end up with like 10 extra papers for nothing. Maybe I should’ve hung out with them more often.
Sigh, I definitely could’ve made better choices.