Nature vs Nurture and Science vs Art of Publishing, Life and Everything Else
38 Pages Posted: 17 May 2018
Date Written: April 20, 2018
Nature and Science are presently considered the leading journals among the academic community. The terms also indicate the prevailing approach and mindset to research, knowledge creation and dissemination. We discuss some of the (mis)-trends in the publication process and show that it is now time for competing journals (and a corresponding change in attitude) appropriately termed Nurture and Art to become the beacons of knowledge.
Building upon previous results, we specifically show that the best decision we can make, with regards to the selection of articles by journals (and in a subsequent paper, with respect to school admissions), requires us to formulate a cutoff point, or, a region of optimal performance and randomly select from within that region of better results. The policy implication (for all fields) is to randomly select papers, based on publication limitations (journal space, reviewer load etc.) from an overall pool of submissions, that have a single shred of knowledge (or one unique idea) and have the editors and reviewers coach the authors to ensure a better final outcome.
Keywords: Nature, Nurture, Science, Art, Uncertainty, Social, Natural, Science
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