Monday, January 04, 2010

B - Never mind the impact factor: colleagues know better!

Hartley J. Never mind the impact factor: colleagues know better!
Publication databases disc 77
Keele University


In this article Prof. James Hartley, points the finger to the present system and standards of evaluation narrowly based on publication metrics (impact factors, citation rates etc.); his view is that the authors themselves are better judges of their own work rather than - as he put it – “automated bean counters”. He addresses weaknesses and inconsistencies of evaluation metrics currently used (by the two well-known databases called Web of Science and PubMed) with examples of publications of his own.

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