Nobel winner: publishing tyranny makes bad science

Measuring academics’ work by means of publication in top scientific journals is part of a “tyranny” that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner.

Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, writing in The Guardian, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science,

Schekman said  measurements such as so-called impact factors were a toxic influence that introduced distortion. “A paper can become highly cited because it is good science – or because it is eye-catching, provocative, or wrong,” he said.

His criticism comes after similar sentiments were expressed by Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame.

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