Researchers say global scientific output is doubling every nine years. Is this more science than humanity can handle?
For years, some researchers have been suggesting that there are too many scientific papers out there.
Improving technology has led to studies being published at lightning speed, making it difficult for some to stay up-to-date in their chosen fields.
Now, (yet another) new paper by Lutz Bornmann of the Max Planck Society in Munich, Germany and Ruediger Mutz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may have confirmed that there may, in fact, be more science out there than we can handle.
Upon analyzing 755 million scientific references in nearly 40 million publications between 1980 and 2012, the researchers concluded that the world's scientific output is doubling roughly every nine years.