22 March, 2009
At one of the last conferences I've attended, we've got a nice informal discussion about a usual subject "what is the difference between physical chemistry and chemical physics". We concluded that there might be a following way to distinguish between those. If you measure/calculate the reaction cross section, you are definitely a chemical physicist. But, if you multiply the cross section by the velocity, and therefore measure/calculate the reaction rate, you belong to the physical chemistry community. What is your opinion on that?
13 March, 2009
Recently there was published a PRL Editorial with such a title. The main message is that only a small fraction of Letters are really highly cited - if one publishes them separately, they will have an impact factor of about 20, while PRL's number is about 7. So, this might be a good idea to reject more papers and accept only revolutionary contributions. However, the problem is that nobody can actually predict how many times a given article will be cited in a few years...