| Nicolai Foss |
Increasingly often you see the following in the publications section of academic CVs: “paper title, journal, volume, pages (lead paper).” I take it that the “lead paper” is the first paper in an issue. Obviously, the impression that the writer of the CV wants to convey is that somehow this paper is the best in that specific issue (or at least written by the biggest guy). Do any of our readers know whether this is something journal editors (consciously) do? Is having your paper printed as the first paper in an issue a reliable signal of quality? Or is the structuring of papers in an issue a more random thing?