JCR 2016 impact factors for the top 40 ecology journals

In good old tradition, including being too late, I provide here the JCR 2016 data for the top 40 journals indexed by what is now Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science in the subject area “Ecology”, released in June 2017 (see footnote 1). For comparison, see my old posts, summarizing the JCR 2015,  JCR 2014, JCR 2013, JCR 2012, JCR…

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Do you still know all your coauthors?

Collaboration sizes increase across all scientific disciplines, and Ecology is no exception to this trend. One of the problems emerging from this development is that it seems more and more difficult to remember all your coauthors. This recent erratum in Nature adds no less than five forgotten coauthors, in addition to correcting various names and…

Nature launches new data journal

Nature Publishing Group is launching a new data journal called “Scientific Data”. The editorial announcement in nature invites submissions of “data descriptors” to the journal, which are described as: Data Descriptor articles are fully fledged, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and will be listed in major indexing services, thereby giving authors the credit they deserve for sharing…

A citation universe

The website paperscape.org creates a beautiful dynamic visualization of the citation network that connects articles on the arXiv preprint server, resembling a view in the night sky. As you will see, quantitative ecology is a small cluster of galaxies in the lower left corner of the open access universe, dominated by the large network nebula.…

Reproducibility at Nature

In an editorial in tomorrow’s issue, Nature announces an initiative to increase reproducibility of research results. They state that “From next month, Nature and the Nature research journals will introduce editorial measures to address the problem by improving the consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles”. The announced measures include To ease the interpretation…

Writing clearly, thinking clearly

Two weeks ago, for the second time in this semester, I taught a block course on “research skills” for students in our international master programs here at the faculty. Topics were how to develop a hypothesis, design experiments, do analysis, write it down, do graphs etc. It believe these courses have been a quite a…

PeerJ – first impressions are positive

Staying with the topic of publishing: when PeerJ was announced last year (see e.g. a Nature News feature), I was a bit skeptical about how this would go, but I have to admit that my impression about the first articles that have been put online this week is quite positive. Not only are there catchy…

Movement in the peer-review system

A news article in the upcoming edition of Nature highlights a new kid on the block in the battle for the publishing system of the future – it’s called Rubriq, a company that wants to “outsource” the review process from the normal publication process. Very similar to what Peerage of Science provides, but as a…

Advice to a young scientist

If you want to get published, then heed this advice: Cite your friends at least once and your enemies twice, The editor three times, yourself at least four, And write in a style that’s intended to bore. If you want to get published, here’s what you must do Above all: don’t come up with anything…

Particle physics goes open-access

After the UK and the EU announced their plans to purchase a flat-rate open access agreement for parts of their research programs, it became public recently that also the particle physics community has negotiated a deal that will switch nearly all publications in the field to OA. As Nature reports: After six years of negotiation,…