Click on the link to go to a fascinating article published by Nature News today which considers the pros and cons of high-end journals such as Nature and Science. Or, more accurately, the consequences of being published in such journals.
It doesn’t take long in your chemistry career for you to appreciate what it means to have a paper published in these journals, who reject 90% of manuscripts submitted to them. Suddenly your work is more respected, by both your colleagues and the wider community, you find it easier to get grants and prizes and are invited to speak at major conferences.
But is this really fair? And just because a chemist is published in a top-tier paper, should the be given priority for grants and academic positions? What about other researchers who have still contributed significantly to their specific field?
Furthermore, is publishing in these journals as sought after as it once was, considering the number of submissions to other major journals is increasing at a faster rate than those to Science and Nature?
This article discusses all of these issues, and highlights the very differing opinions current academics have on the value of such publications. In this ‘publish or perish’ atmosphere which is plaguing academic research groups at the moment, issues such as this are becoming hot topics.
What do you think?