B – Mimicry in science?

Bornmann L. Mimicry in science? Scientometrics 2011;(86):173-7
doi: 10.1007/s11192-010-0222-8

Scientists apply strategies that should enable them to comply to bibliometric accountability and to secure funds to their own research. Some changes in scientists’ publication behaviour have been reported in the literature: they thend to do research in accordance with the mainstream in their fields and avoid unusual research; they pursue short-term rather than long-term research; they provide their paper to low-quality journals as these are indexed by databases used for bibliometric analyses in research evaluation; and they submit their findings to different journals instead of presenting them in a single paper. Many times the pressure to publish has been seen to indicate as causing scientific misconduct.