I have heard extreme opinions defending and opposing the importance of scientific journals and magazines. The extremes have desensitized my reaction. Yet, this opinion shocked me: “Publishing in PLOS Genetics will hurt my reputation.”
I am so shocked as not to be sure what to make out of it. Perhaps the reputation of Enrico Fermi was ruined by describing theoretically a law of nature (the weak force) in the lowly Zeitschrift für Physik after nature magazine rejected the seminal work. Perhaps Hans Krebs’s reputation was similarly ruined by describing the Krebs cycle in the lowly Enzymologia after nature magazine rejected the seminal work. Actually, there is a long list of scientists whose careers were not ruined because they published seminal and visionary results in obscure journals after rejections by the prestigious journals and magazines. I can only conclude that scientists fearing damage to their reputations by publishing in PLOS Genetics have low confidence in the timeless importance of their “high–impact” work !
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Who said ““Publishing in PLOS Genetics will hurt my reputation”? Do you have a link?
I do not have a link. A professor from an eminent institution in Boston made the statement publicly in front of many colleagues but there is no written record that I know of.
How frustrating. Was it a public meeting? Was there no record of the event?
I agree, it is very disappointing that a scientist can think that way and that is why I decided to voice out a disapproval. I wish there were a record of it.
I suppose we must just treat this as such an old-school scientist would: if there is no formal, published record, then it never happened.