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Predicting If Scientists Will Be Stars
September 12, 2012
Will a young scientist's career be brilliant or ordinary? Now there's a crystal ball in the form of a new formula that accurately predicts a young scientist's success up to 10 years into the future and could be useful for hiring, tenure and funding decisions. The new formula is more than twice as accurate as a measure called the "h index" for predicting future success for researchers in the life sciences.
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