Impact factor/research evaluation and metrics in the news:
- Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2018 Release (JCR 2017 data) is now available. More info.
- High-profile indexing service punishes 20 journals, issues unusual warning about five others, from Retraction Watch. “Clarivate is stripping 20 journals of their Impact Factors by suppressing them from the rankings.” Clarivate is the company that produces Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
- How will you judge me if not by impact factor? By John Tregoning. Nature 558, 345 (2018) doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05467-5 “Stop saying that publication metrics don’t matter, and tell early-career researchers what does, says John Tregoning.”… “Although DORA is in my heart, impact factors are still on my mind.”
- New Metrics Rank Physicists and Their Work
Changing the subscription model; universities negotiating for open access publishing:
- Offsetting as a path to full Open Access: MIT and the Royal Society of Chemistry sign first North American ‘read and publish’ agreement, In the Open blog post by Ellen Finnie from MIT Libraries.
- Championing Change in Journal Negotiations University of California’s call to action to negotiate journal agreements with a strong goal “to transform research production and dissemination in order to make research outputs openly accessible.”
- Will Europe Lead a Global Flip to Open Access? Scholarly Kitchen post by Roger C.Schonfeld
- What’s new in OA? by Danny Kingsley from University of Cambridge, also pulls together several related (and a few un-related) stories
And I continue to be interested in new tools for discovery and access, because what’s the point of publishing if folks can’t find it?
- The Latest in Search: Do New Discovery Solutions Improve Search as well as Retrieval?, post by Lettie Y. Conrad on The Scholarly Kitchen. Compares 1Findr, Dimensions, Kopernio, Microsoft Academic, WorldCat and Google Scholar; be sure to skim the comments also. Her conclusion is the “library’s discovery layer or Google Scholar (where I have set up library links)” still works best but I found the post and links very interesting. The new tools may someday make discovery and access easier so it’s worth checking occasionally as she reports.