Having an impact (factor) and other stories from Gregory Petsko

Martin Fenner
October 24, 2010 1 min read

Biologist Gregory Petsko ( has written a monthly column ( for the journal Genome Biology since the journal launched in 2000. To mark the 10th anniversary of the column and the journal, Genome Biology created an eBook ( (iPad/iPhone ( free, Kindle ( 99 c) containing all columns up to August 2010.

I downloaded the iBooks version for iPad/iPhone. The columns read nicely on the iPad display (almost all of them are text-only, a few contain images and/or links), and the texts are of course thoughtful and entertaining. Here are a few teasers:

Suggestion for Genome Biology: if you want more people to read the column, create an RSS feed for it. Or even better, turn it into a blog.

Suggestion for EMBO Reports: pick up the idea and create an eBook with the editorials by Frank Gannon, who wrote a similarly thoughtful column for them until April 2009 (


Petsko G. Nation of twits. Genome Biology. 2009;10(8):110+. Available from: (

Petsko G. What my genome told me – and what it didn’t. Genome Biology. 2009;10(6):108+. (

Petsko G. Having an impact (factor). Genome Biology. 2008;9(7):107+. (

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