Monday, September 6, 2010

Quotes from the science blogosphere: Misusing the impact factor

"Even a cursory look at the basic statistics should tell any half-competent scientist with an ounce of quantitative analysis in their bones that the Impact Factor of journals in which a given researcher publishes tells you nothing whatsoever about the quality of their work"
Metrics are unlikely to go away – after all, if we didn’t have them we might have to judge people’s work by actually reading it – but as professional measurers and analysts of the world we should be embarrassed to use JIFs to measure people and papers

On a blog post by Cameron Neylon entitled "Warning: Misusing the journal impact factor can damage your science!". Interesting reading, check it out.