Volume 94 Issue 44 | p. 18 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 7, 2016 | Web Date: November 3, 2016

Early career scientists don’t necessarily publish more important research

The most successful papers come at random times in scientists’ careers, study shows
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: careers, citations, impact

Conventional wisdom has long claimed that scientists publish their most important work early in their careers.

Now, a study suggests that might be solely because younger scientists publish more. The research found that almost any paper could become a scientist’s most successful, no matter when it was published during that person’s career (Science 2016, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf5239).

“In some ways, this is bad news for scientists who believe the next paper they . . .

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