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Blogposts exploring ways to move away from journal impact factors
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what's up with impact factors?

what's up with impact factors? | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Usually when someone starts throwing citation impact data at me, my eyelids get heavy and I want to crawl into a corner for a nap. Like Teppo wrote a couple of years ago, "A focus on impact factors...
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How science can beat the flawed metric that rules it

How science can beat the flawed metric that rules it | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
In order to improve something, we need to be able to measure its quality. This is true in public policy, in commercial industries, and also in science. Like other fields, science has a growing need for… (2014 impact factors report was released today.
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Discussion of verified online evaluation in place of journal impact factor to assess article quality

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Causes for the Persistence of Impact Factor Mania

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Prof Zeki's Musings: Why impact factors are here to stay

Prof Zeki's Musings: Why impact factors are here to stay | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
I believe that, whatever their flaws, impact factors are here to stay because they serve at least two needs, as I stated in my last post on the question in respect of editors. They increase their self-esteem and allow them, in the ...
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A reflection on human nature & why that means we use impact factors as shorthand for research quality

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Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated - Phys.Org

Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated - Phys.Org | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Phys.Org Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated Phys.Org Judging scientists by their ability to publish in the journals with the highest impact factors means that scientists waste valuable time and are encouraged to hype up...
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Computer model predicts academic success

Computer model predicts academic success | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Algorithm based on publications finds that first-author articles in leading journals matter most.
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Worth reading the comments

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Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated

Time to discard the metric that decides how science is rated | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Scientists, like other professionals, need ways to evaluate themselves and their colleagues.
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Some practical examples of alternatives here

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Reinventing the Impact Factor for the 21st century

Reinventing the Impact Factor for the 21st century | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
If we were to build a citation reporting system today, what would it look like? In this post, I propose a solution that would do away with a separate Journal Citation Report (JCR) and propose a sui...
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Impact of Social Sciences – Research assessment, altmetrics and ...

Impact of Social Sciences – Research assessment, altmetrics and ... | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Stacy Konkiel highlights four specific reasons the h-index fails to capture a complete picture of research impact. Furthermore, there are a variety of new altmetrics tools out there focusing on how to measure the influence of all ...
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We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us

well, there is another article on ditching the journal impact factors: http://t.co/MNEHbQsmuq
I am amused
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Frontiers | Deep impact: unintended consequences of journal rank | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Most researchers acknowledge an intrinsic hierarchy in the scholarly journals (‘journal rank’) that they submit their work to, and adjust not only their submission but also their reading strategies...
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Peering Into Peer Review

A review of NIH-funded grants showed that score did not predict research impact. Bottom grants did as well or better! http://t.co/bdAcjM5uVO
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Causes for the Persistence of Impact Factor Mania

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Written by American scientists, a call for action by scientists to break out beyond the constraint of the impact factor

 

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Strange Things

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I noticed something strange about the 2013 Impact Factor data for eLife. Before I get onto the problem. I feel I need to point out that I dislike Impact Factors and think that their influence on sc...
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The meaning of ‘impact’: prestige or relevance for developing world research?

The meaning of ‘impact’: prestige or relevance for developing world research? | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Eve Gray. Once an academic publisher in Cape Town, she went on to be a publishing strategy consultant before becoming a researcher on open access scholarly communications at the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning...
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Impact of Social Sciences – Participatory workshops with non ...

Impact of Social Sciences – Participatory workshops with non ... | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Non-academic research users are often powerless in the decision-making processes for how research is communicated. Jacqueline Priego-Hernandez shares lessons from a knowledge exchange toolkit which aims to ...
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Really interesting approach

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Metrics market

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Measures of research impact are improving, but universities should be wary of their limits.
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Why Metrics Cannot Measure Research Quality: A Response to the HEFCE Consultation

Why Metrics Cannot Measure Research Quality: A Response to the HEFCE Consultation | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
The Higher Education Funding Council for England are reviewing the idea of using metrics (or citation counts) in research assessment. We think using metrics to measure research quality is a terribl...
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How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner | King's Review – Magazine

How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner | King's Review – Magazine | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Of course this money has to be apportioned, and our administrators love having numbers like impact factors or scores. http://t.co/VJJjgJa54u
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Excellent unorthodox views

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The prisoners’ dilemmas

The prisoners’ dilemmas | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
David Shaw. The prisoners’ dilemmas. Authorship guidelines and impact factors. EMBO Reports 15 (5) 2014, pp 455 - 617 http://t.co/0JDk5OuzFS
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Counterfeit Impact Factors are Devaluing the Real One

Counterfeit Impact Factors are Devaluing the Real One | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
The competition among predatory publishers is getting increasingly intense. For a publisher, one way to beat the competition is to ensure that your journals have impact factors. Many researchers pr...
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Find it hard to believe that anyone would be fooled by this.

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An alternative indicator of national research impact and cross-sector ...

An alternative indicator of national research impact and cross-sector ... | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Download data can be used in research assessment to offer a different perspective on national research impact, and to give a unique view of knowledge exchange between authors and readers in the academic and corporate ...
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EJIL: Talk! – Vital Statistics

EJIL: Talk! – Vital Statistics | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
Weiler on law journals and impact factors, EJIL statistics. http://t.co/jBWIyQbPCJ
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Want to increase your Impact Factor? « Mind Games 2.0

Want to increase your Impact Factor? « Mind Games 2.0 | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
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Using altmetrics for assessing research impact in the humanities - Online First - Springer

Using altmetrics for assessing research impact in the humanities - Online First - Springer | Moving beyond impact factors | Scoop.it
RT @Research_Voice: Using #altmetrics for assessing #research #impact in the #humanities http://t.co/rU46jNDMDa #phdchat #twitter #mendeley…
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