Important science - It's all about the SPIN

Arturo Casadevall, Ferric C. Fang

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The importance of a scientific finding can be difficult to ascertain because it requires both subjective judgment and foresight. We propose criteria, based upon whether a discovery is sizeable (S), practical (P), integrated (I), and new (N), that can be used individually or collectively to systematically assess the importance of a finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4177-4180
Number of pages4
JournalInfection and immunity
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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