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    The impact factor fallacy

    Paulus, F.M. and Cruz, Nicole and Krach, S. (2018) The impact factor fallacy. Frontiers in Psychology 9 , p. 1487. ISSN 1664-1078.

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    Abstract

    The use of the journal impact factor (JIF) as a measure for the quality of individual manuscripts and the merits of scientists has faced significant criticism in recent years. We add to the current criticism in arguing that such an application of the JIF in policy and decision making in academia is based on false beliefs and unwarranted inferences. To approach the problem, we use principles of deductive and inductive reasoning to illustrate the fallacies that are inherent to using journal-based metrics for evaluating the work of scientists. In doing so, we elaborate that if we judge scientific quality based on the JIF or other journal-based metrics we are either guided by invalid or weak arguments or in fact consider our uncertainty about the quality of the work and not the quality itself.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): journal impact factor, journal ranking, open access, publishing, reasoning, scholarly communication, scientific excellence
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    SWORD Depositor: Mr Joe Tenant
    Depositing User: Mr Joe Tenant
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 14:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 06:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23967

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