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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

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.