Scientific Communication--A Vanity Fair?

  title={Scientific Communication--A Vanity Fair?},
  author={Georg Franck},
  pages={53 - 55}
Success in science is rewarded with attention. Citation represents a fee paid through transfer of some of the attention earned by the citing author to the cited author. An economy of attention links the collectively most rewarding allocation of attention with the maximum value of the attention its holder can earn. In terms of the resulting collective efficiency it attains, the intelligence of science as a whole surpasses that which individual scientists can attain in isolation. 
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