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Editorial Snapshot: Self-citation in the scientific community

- G.A., Senior Editor

The importance of scientific findings is generally considered in terms of the impact that those findings have in the scientific community. As impact itself is a somewhat vague concept, scientists rely on citations as a metric for measuring impact. The Impact Factor of a journal is based on the number of citations that published article receive, and authors themselves can track the total number of citations their publications have received.

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Science News: The uniqueness of the human microbiome

– G.A., Senior Editor

Although we tend to think of ourselves as individual members of the Homo sapiens species, our bodies are home to countless other species, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses, that in many cases are essential to life. The collective genome of all the organisms residing both on and inside our bodies is referred to as our microbiome and is gaining the attention of scientists in various fields.

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Editorial Snapshot: Perspectives on data sharing in Japan

- A.P., Editor

Japan is striving to be a global leader in scientific research and development (R&D), and currently ranks among the top five countries in terms of spending on R&D and research output. One of the aspects to strengthening research efforts is data sharing, which can promote synergy and collaboration and improve decision-making. But what do researchers in Japan have to say about data sharing?

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Science News: Helping wild animals move around Los Angeles County

– G.A., Senior Editor

While freeways and highways help humans travel from place to place quickly and comfortably, they act as barriers that limit or completely prevent the movement of wild animals that live in their surroundings. Los Angeles County, with its extensive network of freeways, bridges, and overpasses, is known worldwide for traffic congestion. However, a proposed wildlife crossing could provide support for wild animals that reside in Los Angeles County.

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