How to boost your sci cred

Philip Ball asks in Nature’s Muse column:

Are scientific reputations boosted artificially?

Yes.

I mean, really, what’s the alternative? Organically?

The column discusses a recent study finding that Nobel laureates’ citations for their non-Nobel work increased markedly upon publication of the work that later got them Nobel recognition. They did a really good paper, and then their citations for earlier papers ticked upward.

So here’s a hint about how to boost your sci cred: Write a massively awesome paper, and let the rewards just roll in.