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And to Make My Point, I Will Publish This in the Lowest-Ranked Journal on the Market

Over at Living the Scientific Life, GrrlScientist has a blog post on the puffed-up importance of journal impact factors and the "rampant citation bartering among scientists" that has resulted from it. GrrlScientist contends that impact factors are by no means a good way to measure the accuracy of any individual paper, and expounds on the problems that have ensued from scientists' focusing too much on publishing in journals with high impact factors.

 

The Scan

Steps for Quick Review

The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing for the quick review of drugs and vaccines for the Omicron variant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Moving Away From Using Term 'Race'

A new analysis finds that geneticists are using the term "race" in their papers less than in years past, as Science reports.

Point of the Program

The Guardian writes that some scientists have called the design of a UK newborn sequencing program into question.

Science Papers Present Multi-Omic Analysis of Lung Cells, Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Proliferation

In Science this week: a multi-omic analysis of lung cells focuses on RIT1-regulated pathways, and more.