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LETTERS I BOOKS I POLICY FORUM I EDUCATION FORUM I PERSPECTIVES An Earth systems
 

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LETTERS I BOOKS I POLICY FORUM I EDUCATION FORUM I PERSPECTIVES
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An Earth systems
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COMMENTARY
Summer reading
LETTERS
Painful Publishing
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE HAS NEVER BEEN MORE EXCITING OR PRODUCTIVE. RESEARCH TOOLS
have become increasingly powerful, and progress continues to accelerate.Yet, these are stressful
times for many biomedical scientists, because competition for grant support, jobs, and publish-
ing in the most prestigious journals is also accelerating. The stress associated with publishing
experimental results--a process that can take as long as obtaining the results in the first place--
can drain much of the joy from practicing science.
One problem with the current publication process arises from the overwhelming importance
given to papers published in high-impact journals such as Science. Sadly, career advancement
can depend more on where you publish than what you publish. Consequently, authors are so
keen to publish in these select journals that

  

Source: Aris, John P. - Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Florida

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine