I really hope the trend will continue.
Looking at my boss now and previous ones, they are all obsessed with publishing high. They always ask "What experiments can I do to publish in Nature?" And the answers are always such things as "hot topic", "crazy novelty", "we need mice, loads of mice".
I sat in a few boards to chose news profs. fot my previous university. No one in the board cared about the number or quality of the publications. Only about the amount of high impact publications.
They also didn't care about whether the new prof. had any experience with teaching etc.
I hated that, and still do. Force these fuckers to publish in open access journals. Science should be available to anyone...
Now for the DFG (the "German NIH") I really hope that they do that too!