The Pace of Scientific Research Is Picking Up

What’s really going on in science? For centuries there was no real way of knowing. It took months and sometimes years to find out whether a study mattered, in science and in the real world. That’s changing, thanks to the internet.

When I left academia five years ago I was a published scientist and feedback was slow. Most of my articles had appeared around the year 2008, but 2012 was the year I got the most citations from other academic papers. Citations are a proxy for influence in...

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