Research nowadays is fixated with the notion of generating “high impact” work. “High impact” work is published in “high impact” journals and funding bodies are looking for “high impact” proposals to support. An appealing comparison can be drawn with the world of music, which has its own synonym for the phrase.
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What peer review can often feel like.*
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What’s the real purpose of scientific figures?
There’s a common misconception that they’re to show what we did. Continue reading