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Scientists, not editors, are distorting science publishing

By Philip Ball  

In December, cell biologist Randy Schekman of the University of California at Berkeley, two months after becoming a Nobel laureate for his work on how cells move parcels of molecules around, announced that he would no longer be publishing papers in the “luxury journals” Nature, Science and Cell. The “tyranny” exercised by these top journals, he argued in the Guardian, is distorting science, rewarding research that is flashy and trendy rather than necessarily important and forcing scientists to devote undue effort into publishing there.

The response from the journal editors was muted. Nature’s editor Philip Campbell insisted that the decisions…

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