Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

The crystal ball?

A Northwestern University study claims to have a devised a formula that can predict if scientists will become future stars. It considers factors that contribute to a scientist’s trajectory including the number of articles written, the current h-index, the years since publishing the first article, the number of distinct journals one has published in and the number of articles in high impact journals. Useful or dangerous?

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