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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-92

Ranking list for scientists: From heightening the rat-race to fraying the scientific temper


Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation, Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
A Rammohan
Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation, Dr. Rela Institute and Medical Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_112_21

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Citations and validation of work play a crucial and integral role in a researcher's career. Ranking systems of scientists, on the other hand, potentially scratch and expose the fallible egoistic human face of science, leading to an unhealthy milieu of competition rather than the uplifting one of motivation. We have attempted to highlight and bring to fore these factors in our brief viewpoint. We critically analyze the reasons why ranking systems of scientists, especially in the field of medicine, will shift the focus from advancement of science to advancement of “self.”






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