Getting there too early
So I'm catching up on reading papers this weekend, and it is really starting to piss me off.
According to the various citation trackers, one of my papers has been cited a respectable number of times.
But the only reason I checked that is because I'm finding handfuls of papers where people seem not to have read my paper, or they would probably have cited it. Should have cited it.
The reviewers should have known and told them to cite it.
Fuck. Nobody even knows what they're missing.
It's especiallly frustrating because I had some really novel ideas at the time, but since we didn't know how to 'prove' them, they didn't all make it into the paper.
Now, just a few years later, other people seem to be proposing, with no more evidence than I had at the time, the same things I was thinking all along. But I don't understand how they're able to get away with it, since it's still essentially just speculation.
People say that if you want to 'claim' an idea, you should write a review, at least in some fields. In my field, reviews are only invited, and the only people who get invited are... you guessed it, already PIs.
It's quite possible somebody did invite my advisor to write one at one point, but maybe it fell through the cracks.
Possibly more annoying, I was one of the first people to publish on this thing, but it wasn't hot yet, so my paper is in a good but not Top journal, and all the subsequent ones- less novel if you ask me!!- are in the Top Journals because NOW IT'S TIMELY.
It's one thing to be mildly irritated by this situation, since there's nothing I can do about the past. But I'm worried I will be plagued with this sort of non-recognition for whatever might be left of my 'career'.
I'm thinking of adding, along with my career-letter-writing campaign, a blanket reprint attack on ignorance.