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Journal Impact Versus Paper Impact

Prodigal Academic says when you are choosing where to submit a manuscript, it's important to consider who is most likely to actually read it. While her institution may place more emphasis on publishing in journals with high impact factors, she would rather see her paper make an impact among her peers. "If I am doing physics-type measurements on a protein, I would prefer to put it in a physics-type journal — where others might pick up on it and find it useful — rather than a protein-type journal where most readers could care less about this physics-type measurement, even if the impact factor is lower," Prodigal Academic says. "Even though my bean-counting impact might be lower, I am counting on the actual impact being higher." But, because journal impact factors play into citation dynamics, early-career investigators should strive to strike a balance between impact factor and target audience, she adds.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.