Pressure to publish scientific papers has led to the ability to publish just about anything, whether the paper merits publication or not, writes University College London's David Colquhoun in the Guardian. Colquhoun notes that a department at his institution had "productivity" targets, namely that researchers should publish three papers a year, one of which should be in a high-impact-factor journal. "The effect of instructions like that is to reduce the quality of science and to demoralise the victims of this sort of mismanagement," he says. Colquhoun adds that the only beneficiaries of the pressure to publish are publishers.
Oh, the Pressure
Sep 06, 2011