Publication details [#1291]

n.a./Editor, n.a./Editor. 2013. Beyond compare Metaphors are like cheese — often desirable but sometimes full of holes. Nature 500 (7464 (29 August 2013)). 501 pp.
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Macmillan Publishers Limited


In the editorial, the question of whether or not using metaphorical expressions and analogies in scientific writing is addressed. In particular, the debate is claimed to arise from the growing misuse and abuse of metaphorical expressions in the scientific literature, the result often being one of “wordy trickery”. Thus, a more appropriate and balanced use of metaphors is suggested, when they serve the aim of facilitating the usability of the texts rather than displaying the authors’ artistry and virtuosity.