Can you recall the papers you read last month? Probably not. You invested the time and have very little to show for it. It's not your fault. Chances are, from inception these papers were headed toward your personal recycle bin. Certainly not all published papers can be landmarks, but why are so many forgettable?

It's probably not for lack of effort. Most papers spawn from major research efforts. It's not because of poor language. Substandard manuscripts either get rejected or are reworked until they reach a minimal level of acceptability. Maybe a few substandard ones get through, but most are...

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