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Just say no to impact factors

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."

Lars-Erik Jonsson's insight:

For science to thrive and respond to societal challenges, diversity is key. Current practices based on journal-based metrics are a serious threat to this. One example of this loss of diversity, which alarms us as science policy researchers, is the suppression of interdisciplinarity. But there are many others, such as a lack of consideration being paid to certain research topics.

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The Net in Higher Education: Citering: siffermått med tveksamt kunskapsvärde

The Net in Higher Education: Citering: siffermått med tveksamt kunskapsvärde | Web 2.0 och högre utbildning | Scoop.it
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