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Can a medical researcher have too many publications?

Anthony F Jorm
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (5): 230-231. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00194
Published online: 7 September 2015

The most prolific researchers may not be adhering to authorship guidelines

Medical research is a very competitive business, with a low success rate for grants and fellowships. To survive the competition, a researcher needs strong performance indicators, chief of which is the number of publications and associated citations. With publications, more is generally seen as better. However, I argue that very high publication rates should be seen as indicating poor authorship practices and should be discounted in evaluating track record.

  • Anthony F Jorm

  • University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

Correspondence: ajorm@unimelb.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

I am supported by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship.

Competing interests:

According to Publish or Perish, I authored 36 articles in 2014.

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