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Science  11 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6351, pp. 541
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6351.541

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China is well known for the generous bonuses it pays scientists who land a peer-review publication in a top journal like Science or Cell. But scientists in many countries are reaping similar bounties. Awards are primarily cash; some are as small as the $10 that Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, bestows on authors when their papers are cited in the literature. At the other end of the scale, scientists at Chinese institutions stand to make a small fortune if a paper they author appears in journals with high citation impacts. A recent analysis posted to arXiv showed that, on average, Chinese universities offer first authors more than $43,000 for publishing a paper in Science or Nature, with the top reward for such a paper receiving a knee-wobbling $165,000.

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