Peter Griffin over on Griffin’s Gadgets published a fun post on New Zealand’s seven most influential scientists based on data collected by Thomson Reuters and available at http://highlycited.com. Apparently they are all in the top 1% of cited scientists. The ODT was obviously impressed by all this number waving and boasted of one of Dunedin’s own being part of the elite. I was devestated not to be on that list, so I got thinking how I could move up the rankings. Using Google scholar instead of Thomson Reuters is better for the ego of course because they allow a broader range of journals to be counted as citing or citable. Unfortunately, if everyone did this I’d not be ranked any better. Alternatively, I could send tweets out to everyone whom I cited hoping they’d be good enough to cite me back. If I was really smart, I’d choose to cite most frequently those who publish most often. Then I came across an easy answer in this graph – I must publish in Multidisciplinary journals! I better get on with it, only 1650 potential citing days till PBRF 2018 …
Number of cites per document v H index for New Zealand documents published 2011-12.
Source: SCImago. (2007). SJR — SCImago Journal & Country Rank.
Retrieved June 25, 2014, from http://www.scimagojr.com
It’s one year, 2184 articles, 460 subscribers, and 11,721 “flips” since the online Flipboard magazine which collates articles about what NZ scientists are doing and saying was first published. Thanks to all the contributors, and especially to all those out in NZ Science-ville who are making a difference and letting the world know about it. New Zealand Science Today can be found on Flipboard or on the internet here.
So the NZ election is about 100 days away. I want action from the political parties on an issue that in the next decade could affect a million of us, shortening lives, and cost us tens of billions of dollars. The issue is simply diabetes. Already 7% of adults have diabetes and another 18.6% is on the way to getting it (“pre-diabetic”). For our medical system – and all tax payers – this means billions. For individuals it means shortened lives, amputations, dialysis, blindness etc etc etc. For employers it means workers taking sick days. For communities and families it means missing grandparents. Surely this is the biggest health issue and one of the biggest economic issues facing the country. Where is the media about it? Where are the questions to the politicians? I’ve blogged before about the lack of specific and evidence based policy amongst the political parties. Where are their new policies?
Here’s a promise – I will publish on this blog any policy of any registered NZ political party specifically aimed to slow the diabetes epidemic. Along side that policy I’ll publish any evidence that is supplied as to why the party thinks that policy will work.
Free advertising – surely all the parties will take this up?
I’ve started a new Flipboard magazine called “Science New Zealand.” Does anyone want to be a co-curator so we can collect news & commentary about NZ science & scientists in one place?