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The One-percenters of science publishing

Interesting study on PLoS One - highlighting the fact that in the same way the top 1% of the population have a huge share of capital compared to the lowest 10%, a similar inequality exists in science publishing.

One percent of scientists are responsible for a whopping 41% of all papers published - and there is a very noticeable elite when it comes to multiple publications per year:

Two or more: 68,221

Three or more: 37,953

Four or more: 23,342

Five or more: 15,464

10 or more: 3269

Should we be concerned about this publishing inequality? Are the other 99% of scientists being unfairly ignored or lack resources and time to publish

Good summary of the paper can be found here

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Aah, the wonders of peer-review.


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