I came across to this ‘adage’ in several places from newspapers to articles and it describes the situation of professors in the US. Professors are under an extreme pressure about publishing until they get a full professorship. On their work, quality is underestimated if the quantity is high. In other words, they have to publish as much as they can if they want to stay in academia.
There are so many debates about this situation. Most of the academics think that more publication in a short time decreases the quality of the publications or works. Because higher quality studies need some time most of the time. I am sure most of us already realize that so many publications’ research method or findings are not strong enough. Or, those publications are not unique enough. I absolutely agree that a short period of time is not enough to make a good research design or make a good statistical or qualitative analysis. We are writing a dissertation in 2 years in general in Ph.D. Ok, we are learning at the same time, but still doing a literature review, finding a good study design, conduct some methods, and then, interpretation take so much time. The expectation from professors is teaching some classes, writing several papers, and doing some other service works in the same academic year. This is not a healthy and a sustainable plan at all. Academia needs better quality works rather than just publication crowd.