Lies, damned lies and download counts

Shirley Wu posted on Friendfeed earlier about some of the things she’d overheard people saying about PLoS ONE papers. PLoS ONE Manging Ed Peter Binfield weighed in early to point out that the best way of combating misconceptions about the journal is to push out positive info and mentioned the journal’s article-level metrics program. Near the end of the (long) thread was this exchange: “You could try asking them exactly how many downloads their last paper in a ‘high impact’ journal got… – Peter Binfield Fair enough, but you know, I really don’t think they think about that. They think 


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