August 16, 2006

low hanging fruit

Posted in Idioms at 10:35 am by Feng

low hanging fruit — a task that is done easily [urban dict]

For a researcher, publishing papers is important. It matters on the paper quality, and the quantity as well. However, it is not always easy to strike a balance between the two. A good paper requires a lot of thoughts and takes a long time to write. On the other hand, working on an easy topic, one can produce a batch of papers in a short time, making their resumes look impressive. A professor advised us to avoid the later, and said: “Those people only pick the low hanging fruit“.

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