Stephen Curry has asked a key question in the wake of his post on the Welcome Trust’s Open Access policy. I was not previously aware that this policy launched an attack on GlamourMag science.

-specifically the Welcome Trust:

affirms the principle that it is the intrinsic merit of the work, and not the title of the journal in which an author’s work is published, that should be considered in making funding decisions.

Stephen eventually got around to asking how we scientists could reinforce this principle.

It is my view that merely asserting “there are great papers published in journals with more pedestrian IF ratings” will not be enough. This will require explaining just what is wrong with the enterprise of high-IF journal chasing “science”. Confrontation, if you will.

You may recognize that I have been pursuing this agenda on this blog for some time.