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On a Slippery Slope to Mediocrity?

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 2033
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.2033

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UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS-- If Nobel Prizes and journal citations are gold standards, Dutch science is on a high. But critics warn that the scientific community has already begun to lose its edge. During the past 2 decades, the Netherlands has stopped being a top science spender, scientific careers have gone out of fashion, and women's participation in science remains appallingly low--a situation that some experts predict will soon lead to a steep shortage of researchers.