1Texas A&M University at Galveston, Dept. of Marine Sciences
Journal impact factors (JIF), proposed by Garfield for helping librarians to select which journals to subscribe to, have been mistakenly employed (according to the JIF values of journals where their papers are published) for assessing scientific merits of authors working in pure science, This faulty use of a metric that was introduced for a different purpose should be stopped according to a recent declaration signed by many scientists, journal editors, and publishers (DoRA – The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment). For assessing and ranking scientists or academic institutions, there are other metrics, such as the Hirsch index h which is discussed in the present article, and is favorably mentioned in DoRA. The main ideas of the 18 recommendations of DoRA are briefly discussed.
Journal impact factors, Scholarly journals, Hirsch index, Individual researchers
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