A Different Impact

A group of scientists, journal editors, and research funders have signed a statement, dubbed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, that calls for changes to how Journal Impact Factors are used to judge scientific research. In the statement, the group notes that the Journal Impact Factor was designed by Thomson Reuters to help librarians determine which journals to buy, not to measure the quality of scientific articles.

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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

A Thomson Reuters analysis indicates that the life sciences, rather than the tech sector, are increasingly driving global innovation.

The White House says ethical discussions about genome editing of the human germline are needed.

In Genome Research this week: mitochondrial and nuclear gene fusions in cancer, role of genomic imprinting in tissue-specific gene expression, and more.