What gets measured gets……

Jan 17, 2012

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In the NYT

In practice, “the scientific community itself is quite conservative,” said Maxine Clarke, executive editor of the commercial journal Nature, who added that the traditional published paper is still viewed as “a unit to award grants or assess jobs and tenure.”

Well, at least she doesn’t say publication is no longer a matter of record. I don’t know how the open access publication models are going to work out. I am very sympathetic to them ( and do quite a bit of work for the completely open access skin journal Acta Dermato-Venereologica) but on the other hand bemoan the absence of good independent journalism in science and medicine. My take on this with respect to much medicine is that often it is not more money for research we need, but rather money for investigative journalism to examine how health care is being delivered. Having said this the majority of subscription based journals do a lousy job of proper journalism or of meaningful editorial work.

Post by Jonathan Rees

Clinical academic and skin watcher at the University of Edinburgh

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