Friday, November 25, 2016

Quantity and /or Quality? The Importance of Publishing Many Papers

I have heard the comment that the quality of papers published is more important than the quantity. Who really knows?

I found this paper in PLOS ONE which aimed to answer the above question with a formal correlation analysis of author publications,citations and impact factor. The greater the number of publications (productivity) the greater the number of citations and the greater the impact factor.  

Like in many aspects of life, success begets success.

Recognizing that 'major impact publications' or scientific breakthroughs are rare events, perhaps the best strategy is to press on at a steady and consistent pace. This should ultimately result in a decent and reasonable contribution to the literature, an academic slow burn of sorts.

Back to it....


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