Since the declaration was published in 2013, it has collected signatures from nearly 500 organizations and 12,000 individuals. DORA has increased awareness about the misuse of the Journal Impact Factor and inspired change in the scientific community. Organizations have started referencing the declaration in research assessment … Read more
At the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, a group of scientific publishers and editors gathered to call for a paradigm shift in how the value of research significance and impact should be assessed. The result of that meeting … Read more
A False Sense of Precision—What Happens to Journal Impact Factor (JIF) Rankings When You Drop a Decimal Place?
The current world’s record in the 100-meter dash, held by the Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, is 9.58 seconds. Actually Bolt ran it in 9.572 seconds but the rules require rounding up to two decimal places. And yet in the 100-meter dash, a third decimal place … Read more
We all do it. We wrestle with an experiment for months until finally it works. The data are excellent and the findings novel. We drive our collaborators half mad with revisions and supplements to the many drafts. Now where do we send our precious paper? … Read more