Nobelist Randy Shekman will boycott of Cell, Nature and Science, story here. Money quote from the article in The Guardian:
Schekman said pressure to publish in “luxury” journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash.
Are we at a tipping point? Potentially so, particularly with regards to the use of Impact Factor as a metric in assessing quality of scientific publications. Further quoting:
A journal’s impact factor is a measure of how often its papers are cited, and is used as a proxy for quality. But Schekman said it was “toxic influence” on science that “introduced a distortion”. He writes: “A paper can become highly cited because it is good science – or because it is eye-catching, provocative, or wrong.”
Of the game, explained here, in The Economist. They may need to be slightly adjusted for the 21st century to handle big-team science.
Rita Levi-Montalcini has died. Her NYT obit is here. She was a neuroscientist Nobel laureate whose discovery of Nerve Growth Factor helped shape the way we think about wiring up the nervous system during development. I had the honor of hearing her speak at the 1981 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Los Angeles–we graduate students were packed into the nose-bleed seats of the giant auditorium, but we hung on every word…
She will be missed.
Colleague to many here at the Krasnow Institute, we note the passing of an intellectual giant in political economy–to say nothing of her Nobel Prize. You can read about her here.
The 2002 Nobel Laureate warns us to be wary of over-confident experts bearing advice, here.
It was a remarkable place to go to high school in the 1970’s, Pasadena Polytechnic (Caltech’s “University High”). Today, we congratulate Bruce Beutler, classmate and new Nobel Laureate.