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Enhancing the Use of E-mail in Scientific Research and in the Academy

Version 1 : Received: 14 February 2019 / Approved: 18 February 2019 / Online: 18 February 2019 (07:27:23 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 7 October 2019 / Approved: 8 October 2019 / Online: 8 October 2019 (11:40:06 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Journal reference: Heliyon 2020
DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e03087


From professors overwhelmed by anxiety-driven e-mails from students, through faculty and administrative staff wasting valued time on e-mail minutia, misuse of electronic mail in the academy has become ubiquitous. After a brief overview of the unique features of e-mail communication, this study provides insight and guidelines to plan new educational activities on healthy and productive utilization of e-mail in the academy of the digital era. The overall aim is to prioritize scholarly deep work by focusing on teaching and research work, freeing working time wasted on unproductive use of e-mail.


e-mail; scientific productivity; internet; digital era

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Received: 8 October 2019
Commenter: Mario Pagliaro
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Streamlined version of the original study, with enhanced list of references and a closer, less subjective insight into a most important aspect of today's academic life, concerning all academic stakeholders including administration staff.
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