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Calculating Journal Impact Factors -- the Good, the Bad, and the Unknown?

In the Pipeline points to an editorial from the Rockefeller University Press complaining about the lack of transparency Thomson Scientific uses when calculating journal impact factors. Their complaints range from not being able to get the original data to getting the wrong data when their request was fulfilled. Blogger Derek Lowe just seems amused by the diversity in the nearly 500 chemistry titles. "...have you ever seen anything from Chemical Papers? There's an exciting name for you - that one's from Slovakia. Or Oxidation Communications? Did you even know that a journal with that title existed? (It's Bulgarian). Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry? Chemical Journal on Internet, from Switzerland, of all places? Maybe I don't get around enough," Lowe writes.

 

 

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.