Samuel Arbesman, in reflecting on a 2008 Journal of Information Science paper in which researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology examined "whether the use of humor in scientific article titles is associated with the number of citations an article receives," says that "humor aside, there is the additional problem of whether or not a paper is well-written." While he'd "love to have evidence that well-written papers do better," Arbesman says that so far, "bafflegab" — his word, which is app

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