Elsewhere in Science, 20 September 2013


Every week, Science publishes a few articles that are likely to be of interest to career-minded readers. But because those articles aren’t featured on Science Careers, our readers could easily overlook them.

To remedy that, every Friday we’re pointing readers toward articles appearing in Science—the print magazine as well as the other Science-family publications (ScienceInsider, ScienceNow, Science Translational Medicine—Sci. TM—and Science Signaling)—that hold some relevance or nuggets of advice for readers interested in furthering their careers in science. (Please note that while articles appearing in ScienceInsider and ScienceNow can be read by anyone, articles appearing in Sci. TM and Science may require AAAS membership/ subscription or a site license.)

  1. Careers’ Michael Price took over Live this week, presenting a discussion on the use of journal impact factor in evaluating scientists and their science. At issue: whether it makes sense to evaluate scientists and their work on the basis of the prestige (and impact) of the journals they publish in. Guests included Sandra Schmid, chair of the cell biology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and Heather Piwowar, a Vancouver-based postdoc at Duke University who is an expert in bibliometrics, and cofounder of ImpactStory.I could send you over to the News site to view this, but we’ve also archived the video discussion right here onCareers, so I’ll send you there instead.

Should We Ditch Journal Impact Factor?

“A Complex Social Process”