Creative ideas and rigorous analysis are the hallmarks of much impactful science. However, there is an oft-aired suspicion in the neuroscience community that some scientists start with an advantage, simply because of the brain region or behaviour they study. We tested this unstated hypothesis by regressing the journal impact factor against both the pattern of brain activity and the experimental keywords across thousands of brain imaging studies. We found the results to be illuminating.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.tics.2012.10.010

Type

Journal article

Journal

Trends in cognitive sciences

Publication Date

01/2013

Volume

17

Pages

2 - 4

Addresses

Functional MRI of the Brain Centre, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU, UK.

Keywords

Brain, Humans, Brain Mapping, Neurosciences, Bibliometrics, Journal Impact Factor