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  • June 28, 2011
  • 04:31 PM

Impact Factor Boxing 2011

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

[This post is part of an ongoing series about impact factors] Well it’s that time again. The annual sweaty fist-fight for supremacy between the scientific journals, as measured by impact factors, is upon us. Much ink (virtual and actual) has been spilt on the subject of impact factors, which we won’t add to here, other [...]... Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 03:39 AM

Impact Factor Boxing 2010

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, Impact Factor Boxing  is here again. As with last year (2009), these metrics are already a year out of date. But this doesn’t stop many people from writing about impact factors and it’s been an interesting year [1] for the metrics used by many to judge value of [...]... Read more »

Abbott, A., Cyranoski, D., Jones, N., Maher, B., Schiermeier, Q., & Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: Do metrics matter?. Nature, 465(7300), 860-862. DOI: 10.1038/465860a  

Van Noorden, R. (2010) Metrics: A profusion of measures. Nature, 465(7300), 864-866. DOI: 10.1038/465864a  

Tibor Braun, Margit Osterloh, Jevin West, Jennifer Rohn, David Pendlebury, Carl Bergstrom, & Bruno Frey. (2010) How to improve the use of metrics. Nature, 465(7300), 870-872. DOI: 10.1038/465870a  

  • June 5, 2010
  • 10:41 PM

Inappropriate citations?

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

Kevin Zelnio of Deep Sea News tweeted the title of this piece and sent my mind going over the various theories of citation, what citations mean, studies showing how people cite without reading (pdf) (or at least propagate obvious citation errors), and also how people use things but don't cite them in certain fields... I was also thinking, I know what inappropriate touching is, but what's inappropriate citing?  So let's take a look at the article: Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L........ Read more »

Todd, P., Guest, J., Lu, J., & Chou, L. (2010) One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 299-303. DOI: 10.3354/meps08587  

  • April 25, 2010
  • 05:46 PM

Review of an article using bibliometric qual methods to study sub-discipline collaboration behavior

by Christina Pikas in Christina's LIS Rant

Mixed methods are always attractive, but many researchers give up because each method typically requires some epistemology which often conflicts with the epistemology of other methods. When mixed methods are done, they are often done in sequence. For example, qualitative work to understand enough about a phenomenon to develop a survey or interviewing survey respondents  to get richer information about their responses. Network methods are neither quantitative* nor qualitative and it's n........ Read more »

  • September 18, 2009
  • 07:50 AM

Popular, personal and public data at PLoS

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organisation committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature freely accessible to everyone via open access publishing. As recently announced they have just published the first article-level metrics (e.g. web server logs and related information) for all articles in their library. This is novel, interesting [...]... Read more »

Levy, S., Sutton, G., Ng, P., Feuk, L., Halpern, A., Walenz, B., Axelrod, N., Huang, J., Kirkness, E., Denisov, G.... (2007) The Diploid Genome Sequence of an Individual Human. PLoS Biology, 5(10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0050254  

Holy, T., & Guo, Z. (2005) Ultrasonic Songs of Male Mice. PLoS Biology, 3(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030386  

The PLoS Medicine Editors. (2006) The Impact Factor Game. PLoS Medicine, 3(6). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030291  

Voight, B., Kudaravalli, S., Wen, X., & Pritchard, J. (2006) A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome. PLoS Biology, 4(3). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040072  

Hagmann, P., Cammoun, L., Gigandet, X., Meuli, R., Honey, C., Wedeen, V., & Sporns, O. (2008) Mapping the Structural Core of Human Cerebral Cortex. PLoS Biology, 6(7). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0060159  

Saunders, N., Beltrão, P., Jensen, L., Jurczak, D., Krause, R., Kuhn, M., & Wu, S. (2009) Microblogging the ISMB: A New Approach to Conference Reporting. PLoS Computational Biology, 5(1). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000263  

  • July 24, 2009
  • 08:40 AM

Escape from the impact factor

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

Quite by chance, I stumbled on this interesting paper [1] yesterday by Philip Campbell who is the Editor-in-Chief of Nature [2]. Here is the abstract:

As Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nature, I am concerned by the tendency within academic administrations to focus on a journal’s impact factor when judging the worth of scientific contributions by researchers, [...]... Read more »

Philip Campbell. (2008) Escape from the impact factor. Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, 5-7. DOI: 10.3354/esep00078  

Philip Campbell. (1995) Postscript from a new hand. Nature, 378(6558), 649-649. DOI: 10.1038/378649b0  

  • June 23, 2009
  • 09:59 AM

Impact Factor Boxing 2009

by Duncan Hull in O'Really?

The latest results from the world championship impact factor boxing are out. This year includes the first-ever update to the newly introduced Five Year Impact Factor and Eigenfactor™ Metrics [1,2] in JCR Web (See, presumably in response to widespread criticism of impact factors. The eigenfactor seems to correlate closely the impact factor scores, both [...]... Read more »

  • September 25, 2008
  • 10:28 AM

Analyzing the Impact of an Author’s Publications

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Rooting around in some citation analysis papers, I’ve come across a neat synopsis of the issues surrounding the use of citation count to determine the impact of an individual author’s work [*].

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker and Jack T. Smith give an account of a library enquiry to determine the impact of various members of [...]... Read more »

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker, & Jack T. Smith. (2008) Analyzing the impact of an author's publications. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 96(1), 63-66. DOI/10.3163/1536-5050.96.1.63

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