This one is for the impact factor geeks. The ever engaging Lou of A scientist's life has posted a graph reviewing the changes in the impact factors of Cell, Nature and Science from 1992-2006.
You'll have to click through for the full graph but gee, there was a lot of action 2000-2002 wasn't there? We don't usually think of the relative rankings as being quite so....dynamic, over such short intervals, do we? Or is that just me since I never really pay attention to trends in any serious way.
This highlights yet another absurdity in the process of judging a CV by reviewing the journals listed. I can't imagine anyone noting the publication year and mentally adjusting relative rankings by changes in absolute or relative Impact Factor. Maybe we should just go ahead and start itemizing CV entries with the appropriate IF for the relevant publication year?
DrugMonkey is an NIH-funded researcher who blogs about careerism in science. And occasionally about the science of drug use.
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