Solimini AG, Solimini R. Impact Factor and other metrics for evaluating science: essentials for public health practitioners. Italian Journal of Public Health 2011;8(1):96-103
The article reviews the most widely used metrics, highlighting the pros and cons of each of them. The rigide application of quantitative metrics to judge the quality of a journal, of a single publication or of a researcher suffers from many negative issues and is prone to many reasonable criticisms. A solution could be the use of a qualitative assessment by a panel review based on few but robust quantitative metrics.