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Yes, It Is Getting Harder to Publish in Prestigious Journals If You Haven’t Already

According to a new study, it is in fact getting harder to publish in prestigious multidisciplinary journals such as Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences if you haven’t previously done so. So-called “chaperoned” researchers who first publish in these journals as nonsenior authors have a leg up when it comes to publishing in these journals as principal investigators (PIs), the study found — and the trend has gotten stronger in recent years. In Nature, for example, the share of papers authored by chaperoned senior authors grew from 16 percent to 22 percent between 1990 and 2012, while new senior authors dropped from 39 percent to 31 percent.

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