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Perishing, Rather Than Publishing

Aardvarchaeology's Martin Rundkvist is looking for a new academic post and has found that the major complaint he's come up against from external referees is that he mainly publishes in a journal for which he is the managing editor. "So instead of me having a lot of publications plus a high-profile editorship among my qualifications, one tends to somehow cancel the other out in the eyes of the referees," he writes, wondering where he is supposed to publish instead.

Mike the Mad Biologist has a different rant against the science publication model -- time. He recently heard a speaker at a meeting discuss new software for DNA sequence data, but then learned from the speaker that the paper was at least a year away from being published. "But a year in my field (and many others, of course) might as well be the 22nd century. Keep in mind that this method is the result of federally-funded research. Yet this existing, functional breakthrough will be unilaterally embargoed to meet the demands of publication," he writes.


The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.