Starting later this month, South Korean researchers will receive three million won (US$3,000) if they are leading authors of papers published in key journals.
The relevant journals will be chosen by a ten-member committee of government officials and researchers, and will probably include Nature, Science and Cell. Researchers will be rewarded if they are first or corresponding authors of a paper.
From the nation that gave us the stem cell fiasco…
But seriously, it’s a good idea. Maybe the US could take up the idea – encourage more people to do cutting edge research. (And now that Cell has decided to publish bioethics articles…)