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      The cock, the Academy, and the best scientific journal in the world

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          The reader is invited to travel to Ancient Greece, contemporary Brazil, and other places in a fantasy search for the best scientific journal. This whimsical search does not rely on the impact factor, the most popular tool used in real life for finding good journals. Instead, it takes advantage of the so-called authority factor, a recently proposed alternative to the impact factor. The authority factor of a particular journal is the mean h-index (Hirsch's index) of the most suitable group of this journal's editors. Having no connection to any major function of scientific journals, and also being arbitrary (which group of editors to select?), this factor is poorly suited for any technical analysis, but it seems to work well for “small-talk” editorials and self-promotion by complacent editors. Interestingly, the highest authority factor we could find belongs to the journal Temperature. This claim, however, should not be taken too seriously.

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          An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output.

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          I propose the index h, defined as the number of papers with citation number > or =h, as a useful index to characterize the scientific output of a researcher.
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            The history and meaning of the journal impact factor.

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              Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa

              Homo naledi is a previously-unknown species of extinct hominin discovered within the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. This species is characterized by body mass and stature similar to small-bodied human populations but a small endocranial volume similar to australopiths. Cranial morphology of H. naledi is unique, but most similar to early Homo species including Homo erectus, Homo habilis or Homo rudolfensis. While primitive, the dentition is generally small and simple in occlusal morphology. H. naledi has humanlike manipulatory adaptations of the hand and wrist. It also exhibits a humanlike foot and lower limb. These humanlike aspects are contrasted in the postcrania with a more primitive or australopith-like trunk, shoulder, pelvis and proximal femur. Representing at least 15 individuals with most skeletal elements repeated multiple times, this is the largest assemblage of a single species of hominins yet discovered in Africa. DOI:

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                Temperature (Austin)
                Temperature (Austin)
                Temperature: Multidisciplinary Biomedical Journal
                Taylor & Francis
                Oct-Dec 2015
                29 October 2015
                29 October 2015
                : 2
                : 4 , Temperature Sciences in Brazil. Guest Editor: Cândido Celso Coimbra, PhD. Guest Associate Editors: Christiano A. Machado-Moreira, PhD, and Samuel Penna Wanner, PhD
                : 435-438
                Systemic Inflammation Laboratory (FeverLab); Trauma Research; St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center ; Phoenix, AZ USA
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