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An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science$
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Michael Hochberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804789.001.0001

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Use of Citation Metrics

Use of Citation Metrics

(p.172) 23 Use of Citation Metrics
An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science

Michael Hochberg

Oxford University Press

The idea that curiosity and discovery can be transcribed into rankings strikes at the very heart of science. The emerging norm of replacing scientific content with numbers is leading to an “impact factor syndrome,” whereby metrics influence both where interesting and important research is published and how committees evaluate scientists and science. This chapter discusses different citation metrics and why the scientific community increasingly looks to them as measures of impact.

Keywords:   Impact factor, h-index, bias, article influence

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