Jun 29

Beware the impact factor

I just read an interesting interview in a German Online magazine with Noble prize winner Randy Schekman. He warns to out to much value into the impact factor of magazines like "Science" and "Nature" - indeed he claims, they not helping science to progress, but give rise to fashionable and not-solid research.

I agree with him: we have to come up with better systems to evaluate the quality, the importance and relevance of publications and science we do. I just have no idea, what is a better alternative at the current point.

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