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

Martin Fenner
October 24, 2010 1 min read

Biologist Gregory Petsko (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/faculty/petsko.html?) has written a monthly column (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://genomebiology.com/search/results?drpField1=&txtSearch1=&drpPhrase1=and&drpField2=%5BTI%5D&txtSearch2=&drpPhrase2=and&drpField3=%5BAU%5D&txtSearch3=petsko_g&drpPhrase3=and&drpField4=&txtSearch4=&drpPhrase4=and&excludeField1=&excludeSearchText1=&excludePhrase1=and&articleType=Comment&drpOrderBy=by+date&itemsPerPage=25&search-button=Search?) 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 (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/bmcblog/entry/gregory_petsko_in_genome_biology?) (iPad/iPhone (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://ax.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/gregory-petsko-in-genome-biology/id397541470?): free, Kindle (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046W6TD0?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwbiomedcent-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0046W6TD0?): 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 (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://blogs.nature.com/nautilus/2009/04/frank_gannon_says_farewell_to.html?).

References

Petsko G. Nation of twits. Genome Biology. 2009;10(8):110+. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2009-10-8-110 (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/gb-2009-10-8-110?).

Petsko G. What my genome told me – and what it didn’t. Genome Biology. 2009;10(6):108+. https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2009-10-6-108 (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/gb-2009-10-6-108?).

Petsko G. Having an impact (factor). Genome Biology. 2008;9(7):107+.
https://doi.org/10.1186/gb-2008-9-7-107 (https://web.archive.org/web/20101124191225/http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/gb-2008-9-7-107?).

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