Allen, MA. 2010. On the current obsession with publication statistics. SCIENCEASIA 36 (1): 1-5.
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Allen, MA. 2010. On the current obsession with publication statistics.
SCIENCEASIA 36 (1): 1-5.
Author Full Name(s): Allen, Michael A.
Document Type: Article
Author Keywords: citations; impact factor; h-index; bibliometrics; research
KeyWords Plus: INDEX; IMPACT
Abstract: Crude publication statistics such as publication counts and impact
factors are routinely being employed to assess individuals and institutions.
Although they can play a role in an approximate preliminary assessment, using
them for anything more is inappropriate due to their over-simplicity and ease of
manipulation. Furthermore, it is argued that rewarding scientists for achieving
high scores in such number-based evaluations ultimately leads to a slowing of
scientific progress. Suggestions are given on how reliance on statistics can be
reduced and their manipulation discouraged.
Addresses: Mahidol Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Phys, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Reprint Address: Allen, MA, Mahidol Univ, Fac Sci, Dept Phys, Rama 6 Rd,
Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
E-mail Address: frmaa at mahidol.ac.th
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