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A broad consensus on performance in science

Posted by Mietchen on 06 Jul 2010 at 13:07 GMT

Remarkably, at least in the context of sports, there is usually a broad consensus on who are the top performers and on what qualifies as an outstanding performance.

In the context of sports, there are usually clear goals, clear rules (with which the audience is generally familiar), and considerable in-depth coverage (often live, and with loads of different and reproducible impact measures) by the mass media, since competitions take place in public by default.

I think it would be interesting to explore whether such conditions would be sufficient to reach a broad consensus on who the top performers are in science.

I suspect, though, that this would not be the most interesting aspect of such an open science system.

No competing interests declared.