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Is a scientific career predictable?

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Research on creativity has shown that people tend to produce their most important works when they are young. This is true for scientists too. But a new study finds that this is simply because scientists are more productive in their early years. When the study's authors discounted productivity, they found that a scientist has an equally good chance of producing a high impact paper towards the end of their career.

Read the story: Scientists can publish their best work at any age

Read the paper: Quantifying the evolution of individual scientific impact

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07908-7
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