Tag Archive: impact factor

Apr 30

Fundamental research: how much is it worth?

Certain scientific leaders believe that funding for science should be allocated, not based on the relative ‘trendiness’ or ‘impact’ of projects, but rather according to the acumen — either potential or proven — of the practitioners. One champion of this ethos is the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a certain Prof. Helmut Schwarz, …

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Apr 26

Let’s forget about the impact factor

Hardly any topic in scientific publishing generates as much attention, debate and frequent outbursts as the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), calculated by Thomson Reuters. Long recognized for it’s inherently flawed nature in determining the quality of individual research articles or contributions (and performance) of individual scientists, it is unfortunately still frequently used as a means …

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Jul 17

How can you identify a brilliant scientist?

Inspired by a visit from 2013 Nobel prize winner Randy Schekman, my colleague Kif and I have written down a few thoughts on Impact Factors in science. Traditionally, the impact factor of a scientific journal reflects how often recently published articles have been cited by scientists in other papers. In other words: the impact these articles have …

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