Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

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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