[Irtalk] Sick of Impact Factors | Reciprocal Space

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 13:04:13 SAST 2014

So consider all that we know of impact factors and think on this: *if you
use impact factors you are statistically illiterate.*

   - If you include journal impact factors in the list of publications in
   your cv, you are statistically illiterate.
   - If you are judging grant or promotion applications and find yourself
   scanning the applicant’s publications, checking off the impact factors, you
   are statistically illiterate.
   - If you publish a journal that trumpets its impact factor in adverts or
   emails, you are statistically illiterate. (If you trumpet that impact
   factor to three decimal places, there is little hope for you.)
   - If you see someone else using impact factors and make no attempt at
   correction, you connive at statistical illiteracy.


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