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Editorial Snapshot: Do review papers reduce citations of original research?

- A.S., Editor

Review papers, which do not report original research but summarize important and recent results in a field, are generally known to play a useful curatorial role in research. It is also widely felt that review papers are more frequently cited than original papers, and studies have been conducted to quantify this phenomenon. Previously, it was reported that, across 35 scientific disciplines, review papers are cited three times more on average than original papers. More recently, a paper published in American Sociological Review aimed to investigate the connections between review papers and “scholarly attention” across a greater number of research areas, including the social sciences.

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Science News: The Unites States braces for millions of cicadas to emerge

– G.A., Senior Editor

Although 2021 is a year that will be remembered by residents of the United States as a pandemic year, many people were already prepared to consider 2021 the ‘Year of the Cicada’. A brood of possibly billions of periodical cicadas is set to emerge from 17 years living below ground.

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Editorial Snapshot: Preprints slow to attract readers during the COVID-19 pandemic

- G.A., Senior Editor

As we previously reported in our February 2021 Editorial Snapshot, efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have included the encouragement of researchers to share their work prior to publication by making preprints available online.

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