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Impact Factor 'Surprises'

Bob Grant at The Scientist says that a "shuffling in the top few spots" in Thomson Reuters' 2009 Journal Citation Report has "some analysts scratching their heads." For instance, Grant writes, "the publication with second highest impact factor in the 'science' category is Acta Crystallographica — Section A, knocking none other than the New England Journal of Medicine from the runner's up position," because a 2008 review article in the specialized journal — written by University of Göttingen crystallographer George Sheldrick — has been cited more than 6,600 times, raising the publication's impact factor more than 20-fold. Grant reports that PLoS One "debuted in the Journal Citation Report for the first time with a respectable impact factor of 4.351," and that Nature Genetics appeared in the top ten (IF: 34.284). Also surprising? "More than 4,700 titles showed an increase over their 2008 impact factors," according to The Scientist, though it comes as less of a surprise that CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians nabbed the top spot, just as it did last year.

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.