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An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science$
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Michael Hochberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804789.001.0001

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Disposable Science

Disposable Science

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An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science

Michael Hochberg

Oxford University Press

One of the great challenges to science is the ever-increasing number of publications. More items mean greater difficulty keeping up with the literature and judging novelty and relevance. One of the dangers is “disposable science”; that is, if an article is little cited in the first few years post-publication, then—regardless of its content—it may never have a substantial impact. Readers tending to cite highly cited publications exacerbate the problem. This chapter discusses this issue and presents possible ways to reduce the loss of meritorious articles.

Keywords:   Citations, Matthew effect, author integrity, bias

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