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This Is What You'll Be Judged By

The 2008 Journal Citation Reports are out, warts and all. In the sciences, the journals with the highest impact factors are the Cancer Journal for Clinicians (74.575), the New England Journal of Medicine (50.017), Annual Review of Immunology (41.059), Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology (35.423), and Physiological Reviews (35.000). For more systems-biology focused journals, Bioinformatics comes in with a 4.328 score, Genome Biology with 6.153, Genome Research with 10.176, and Proteomics at 4.586. Nature has an impact factor of 31.434 and Science has 28.103.

Christina's LIS Rant has a re-post discussing what aspect of the impact factor leads to a rise in the number (since, as Christina asks, "Like prices and hemlines, why do impact factors always go up?"). She finds that "it's really almost completely due to the increase in the number of references cited per article!"

The Scan

Gone, But Now Reconstructed SARS-CoV-2 Genomes

In a preprint, a researcher describes his recovery of viral sequences that had been removed from a common database.

Rare Heart Inflammation Warning

The Food and Drug Administration is adding a warning about links between a rare inflammatory heart condition and two SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Reuters reports.

Sandwich Sampling

The New York Times sent tuna sandwiches for PCR analysis.

Nature Papers Describe Gut Viruses, New Format for Storing Quantitative Genomic Data, More

In Nature this week: catalog of DNA viruses of the human gut microbiome, new dense depth data dump format to store quantitative genomic data, and more.