Interesting post up at the haydenlab blog:
In the post-SFN hangover phase, many neuroscientists are in a slightly more anxious state about the possibility that they are about to be scooped. Surely with all those posters, you must have seen someone who has the same brilliant idea in their head as you, right?
With a few exceptions, these fears turn out to be silly. Why?
The author then goes on to list a number of reasons why getting scooped* is not as bad as is usually imagined. I tend to agree** with the points being made. One that is obscured is that in most areas of real science, the paper that does the best job is going to rack up the the respect and citations. Even if it appeared after the very first report of the general phenomenon.
So I tend to think scientists should remember they are playing the long game. And not get too concerned about the possibility that they are about to get scooped.
*someone else manages to publish an experimental finding that you are working on before you get your paper published.
**the pursuit of GlamourMag science prioritizes the first publication of something over many other factors, including scientific quality and genuine impact, for example.