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We Almost Never Qualify What We Say. Sometimes.

DrugMonkey continues discussing journal choice and impact factors by noting that many scientists are happy to not submit papers to the biggies and stick to their society journals. "There are plenty of well-funded or long-term funded investigators who have published at the society journal level for most of their careers," writes DrugMonkey. The blogger later adds, "There are a LOT of ways to have an independent, productive, well-funded science research careers that do not require you to publish in GlamourMags."

A related discussion centers on the page lengths in such top journals with Jonathan Eisen and Mike the Mad Biologist saying that since Science and Nature papers have to be short and have a narrative, they sometimes leave important details at the wayside. Chad Orzel disagrees; he thinks the restrictions are helpful. "Left to their own devices, academics and scientists are prone to producing really dreadful prose-- convoluted passive-voice sentences chock full of nominalizations and needless qualifications," he writes.


The Scan

Alzheimer's Risk Gene Among Women

CNN reports that researchers have found that variants in MGMT contribute to Alzheimer's disease risk among women but not men.

Still Hanging Around

The Guardian writes that persistent pockets of SARS-CoV-2 in the body could contribute to long COVID.

Through a Little Spit

Enteric viruses like norovirus may also be transmitted through saliva, not just the fecal-oral route, according to New Scientist.

Nature Papers Present Method to Detect Full Transcriptome, Viruses Infecting Asgard Archaea, More

In Nature this week: VASA-seq approach to detect full transcriptome, analysis of viruses infecting Asgard archaea, and more.