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Re: Impact Factor confirms Nature is top research journal

I would bet that they weren't followed up by a description in a  
self-published newsletter. :-)

In a message dated 8/14/2009 7:01:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight  Time, 
thescelosauridae@gmail.com writes:
Absolutely 100% agree. I'd be more  supportive of journals like Nature
and Science if people would follow up  these articles with full
taxonomic descriptions. Otherwise they're not much  better than just
publishing the names, cause all the work has to be redone  later
anyways. Taxonomy is one of the strongest data points we have  for
making the important discoveries (or inferences) featured in  these
journals, yet it all too often seems to get pushed to the back  burner.
I wonder if anyone has every looked into how often the typically  brief
taxonomic descriptions found in these journals are followed up  with
full taxonomic descriptions by the same authors, and how many  either
were never fully described or were described years later by  someone

Clint Boyd.

On Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:45 PM,  David
Marjanovic<david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
>>   Those who think that self-publishing/sending out a newsletter  with
>>  dinosaur names is just as good as publishing one's papers  in a
>>  journal should  read the following.
>  To be fair, the _extended abstracts_ that Nature publishes as "Letters  
> Nature" usually leave much to be desired, too. Especially if they're  not
> accompanied by ninety-five pages of supplementary information (I  took 
> number from, I think, Turner et al. 2007). And need I even  mention the 
> quality of Nature photos, both in print and in  PDF?
> I'm not saying people shouldn't try to publish in Nature  (indeed, in some
> countries like France, they basically _must_); just  that Nature papers
> should be followed by detailed descriptions in more  specialized journals
> with more generous (or no) space  restrictions.

C. Aaroen Boyd
PhD  Candidate
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at  Austin