November 27, 2009

reading the reading

more and more scientific journals are beginning to provide lists of "most read" articles: pnas, nejm, cancer cell.

this addition is welcome, and in some ways, preferred over the highlights offered by journal editors, such as science magazine's editor's choice, even when they mention one's own article.

most read articles give a sense of the fashionable trends, important questions that may otherwise by obscured by the ongoing explosion of scientific publishing, and presumably even the fundamental problems, insofar as the latter are shared but not necessarily explicit.

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