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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.