Authors on authorship, collaboration and output measures

Publishing a paper in a journal has traditionally marked the end of a research project, but increasing numbers of academics are becoming interested in the publication process itself, according to the Editorial in the November issue of Nature Nanotechnology (3, 633; 2008). Many of these ‘papers about papers’ are concerned with citations and impact factors — researchers looking to get more citations for their papers are advised to write longer papers, work in teams or write the first paper on a topic (references in the Editorial). However, other authors have started to look behind the scenes at issues such as the changing nature of collaboration. The Editorial goes on to discuss some of these issues, including the h-index, a relatively recent yet controversial method of assessing a scientist’s output. 


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