How cool would it be to actually have a Fantasy Research League?! What would a Fantasy Research League look like?
You’d have to have a fantasy draft, of course. In fantasy sports leagues, you have to fill a certain number of positions on the team (quaterback, wide receiver, etc., for American football; pitcher, shortstop for baseball…). Would you fill your Fantasy Research team by discipline? You’d have to have an organic chemist, an inorganic chemist, a biochemist? What about cross discipline researchers? Would that be like the wide receiver/running back/flex position in football?
How would you award points? Sheer publication rate only? Some multiplier based on the impact factor of the journal? I think there should be some kind of points awarded for times cited. That would be awesome, cuz then you wouldn’t have to only draft current chemists. Maybe one of the positions would be ‘Legacy Chemist’ so I can draft Woodward, or H. C. Brown, or something.
How long would the ‘season’ be? How long would each individual head-to-head match-up last?
Here’s my proposal for the Fantasy Research League!!! I put it together in about 20 minutes, so I’m probably off on some of the league rules. Where am I wrong? What should be tweaked?
Would nuclear chemists be drafted into inorganic position? I like the Institution position. This would be like drafting a defense in football. Draft Scripps or Berkeley or Harvard, and any paper from that institution gives you points. Note the Flex Chemist. This is where the cross-discipline chemists live. Any paper is an in-discipline paper and not subject to the publishing-out-of-discipline penalty.
Did I miss any obvious scoring situations? A 2 year season is a LONG season. Would there be a better way to structure the season given the time it takes to bring a project through to publication. I think scores would have the potential to end up being pretty massive, if you get the right articles in the right journals with the right impact factors
Ok, now let’s let the speculation begin! Who are your top draft picks at each position? Who’s the number one overall draft pick?