Stranger Fruit

Over at Neurotopia the peer-less Evil Monkey has posted an excellent entry on Guillermo Gonzalez and how his productivity as a published scientist dropped off significantly when he began his tenure track at Iowa State and how – based on this alone – he would have probably had a rough time getting tenure.

EM provided a graph to back up his points; below is a prettified version (click for biggie). Feel free to use in any posts you might make on this issue.


The total height of any bar is the number of peer-reviewed publications Gonzalez had in a given year. Red indicates those for which he was first author, blue those for which he wasn’t/


  1. #1 Evil Monkey
    December 6, 2007

    Sexy. Thanks, ya wee lad!

  2. #2 J-Dog
    December 6, 2007

    You sure purtied it up some. Now if only someone could explain what it means to the DI…

  3. #3 Greg
    February 21, 2008

    That could just shows what everyone knows…he did a lot of research, was respected, wrote Privileged Planet, got blacklisted and then couldn’t get the research funds or publication b/c of the “gatekeepers”.

    Then, one just makes this the criteria, and viola!…you’re justified in a biased firing.

    How about also making graphs of (a) publication outputs of fellow faculty at ISU and (b) how many times his articles are referenced, so you have full information instead of just a chart to fit your narrative.

  4. #4 John Lynch
    February 22, 2008


    You seem to be ignoring the five year drop in publication output before the appearance of PP and him getting “blacklisted”. Gonzalez’ first author papers while at Iowa State? Three. In any science faculty that will not get you tenure, no matter how many times the papers get cited. You are only as good as the last thing you’ve done, and since Gonzalez started suckling at the teat of the Discovery Institute he has ceased to be a productive scientist. To cap it all, the DI’s whole crapola over the past year has damaged Gonzalez’ reputation.

    But why let facts get in the way of your narrative?

  5. #5 Brian
    March 16, 2008

    thanks for the graph! I’m making a rebuttal film that is going to be shown at my local theater during screenings of Ben Stein’s “Expelled”. This is GOLD!

    Please feel free to email me if you have more information!

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