The number of postdocs is growing, but academic positions are scarce. What's a recent graduate/PhD candidate/prospective grad student to do? Kendall Powell surveys the status of the postdoctoral landscape, in a feature for Nature that should be required reading for anyone in – or considering entering – academia.
A small group of elite science journals get the lion's share of citations and media attention, but that dominance is eroding as it becomes easier for scientists to find obscure but relevant papers. In 1995, only 27% of citations pointed to articles published in non-elite journals. That portion grew to 47% by 2013.