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And, not or : Quality, quantity in scientific publishing [PLOS One]

Subject Areas : scientists, scientific publishing, careers, test statistics, bibliometrics, database searching, research laboratories, statistical distributions

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Scientists often perceive a trade-off between quantity and quality in scientific publishing : finite amounts of time and effort can be spent to produce few high-quality papers or subdivided to produce many papers of lower quality. Despite this perception, previous studies have indicated the opposite relationship, in which productivity (publishing more papers) is associated with increased paper quality (usually measured by citation accumulation). We examine this question in a novel way, comparing members of the National Academy of Sciences with themselves across years, and using a much larger dataset than previously analyzed. (...)

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