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The new San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment calls time on the tyranny of impact factors

Scientists, funders and journal editors have thrown their weight behind the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

 

Campaigners against the use of journal impact factors as a proxy for research excellence received a shot in the arm last night with the launch of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). With an impressive line-up of founding signatories, including individual scientists, research funders and journal editors, DORA states in no uncertain terms that journal impact factors (which rank journals by the average number of citations their articles receive over a given period) should not be used "as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contribution, or in hiring, promotion or funding decisions." (...) - The Guardian, by Ismael Rafols and James Wilsdon, Friday 17 May 2013