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Less publishing is more.

Less publishing is more

A topic of increasing concern and discussion in scientific circles is the quality of the scientific literature and the honest mistakes and outright fraud that can grow out of the pressure to publish. Now Harvard Medical School in Boston has taken what the July 29 SCIENCE calls "an almost bold step" toward addressing the problem. The school issued guidelines suggesting that hiring and promotion decisions be based on no more than 10 scientific papers for a candidate for full professor, seven papers for associate professor and five for assistant professor.

Young investigators, the guidelines say, deserve careful supervision: "A preceptor who limits his/her role to the editing of manuscripts does not provide adequate supervision." In addition, they say, too many authors have been appearing on papers, and those authors whose names do appear should bear responsibility for the work. Investigators also are advised against "bibliography building" through the rapid publication of fragments of a study or by multiple submissions of similar work to various journals. A committee appointed by Dean Daniel C. Tosteson drew up the recommendations, which went to all faculty and researchers.
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Title Annotation:guidelines for publishing of scientific literature
Publication:Science News
Date:Aug 20, 1988
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