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To: Multiple recipients of list HUM-MOLGEN <HUM-MOLGEN@NIC.SURFNET.NL>
Subject: ETHI: citation counting
From: Hans Goerl <GENETHICS@delphi.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 13:04:15 -0400

From:   IN%"cgaetano@hgmp.mrc.ac.uk"  "Carlo Gaetano"  8-OCT-1995
10:50:08.76 Sir,

I subscribed to this news group 24 hours ago. My first impression about
 arguments discussed, general contents, and information accessible is
extremely positive. In particular I liked the number and the quality of the
journ als you are connected with. I read with interest the editorial from
Carlo Gambacorti about the difficult process of generating good
translational research. I think and would like to suggest that hot-arguments
like funding policy, research quality, rising publication costs, and last
but not least criteria for judgement of scien tific production will be more
often discussed.

I can enter a question by myself as starting contribution ( if anyone is
interes ted!!):

What are the Editors" opinions (and other people's) about the increasing
importance that journal citation indices, paper citations number, and impact
factors, may have on science (and scientists too)?

Does the  objective evaluation introduced by using such mathematical
criteria  risk  jeopardizing the introduction of novel slow growing
scientific ideas? Have my best regards

Carlo Gaetano
Cell&Molecular Genetics Section
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda (MD), USA.

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