Keith Robison robison at
Mon Jan 15 20:19:39 EST 1996

Alexander Berezin (berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA) wrote:

: Kathy:
: Extending 'devil's advocacy' to your commenets. 
: (please see few more points below) - Alex

: On Sat, 13 Jan 1996 U27111 at UICVM.CC.UIC.EDU wrote:

: > [playing at devil's advocate... asking the types of questions a
: > typical Joe Lab would?]
: > 
: > But then by what standards due we judge excellence in our
: > community?
: > 
: > Do we have to pour over countless papers looking for high caliber
: > work... instead of supposedly having it available in a hand full of
: > 'prestigious' journals?

: Question to the above statement:

: How strong is the EVIDENCE that for, say,
: last 20 - 30 years a lot of 'really importanat'
: developments came from articles published
: in Nature or Science. (and those which were
: in obscure places all were 'unimportant').
: How strong is this correlation IN REAL 
: (again, what are the FACTS, not wishy-washy).

Well, there was this obscure paper published by two
nobodies named Watson & Crick...

Seriously, many key papers have appeared in these
journals -- and in many others.  Even given the
known problems with citation analysis, the fact
remains that Nature & Science are heavily cited

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at 

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