Metrics is in the news this month. This was the theme of the recent COPE European seminar and workshop in Brussels last month (see report below) and will be theme of the upcoming COPE North American seminar in August (registration now open). There are several news items on this topic, including stories on bibliometrics, Altmetrics and length of abstract influencing citation numbers. Maintain academic integrity in the race to publish in high impact factor journals in now even more important. Also in the news is new ethical challenges, such as publishing on human embryo editing, outsourced peer review with payment by authors and sexist reviewer comments.
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