Derek Lowe is not a fan of impact factors, and suggests that we all start pretending they just don't exist. But, realistically, he writes, a compromise might be more helpful: "Tell junior faculty and staff that their publication records will be a part of their evaluations, of course. But tell them that they're not the most important part, and that a short publication list can be balanced out by other factors," he writes.

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