Read ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Joe Lorenzo’s Blog Post: “Measuring Scientific Productivity”
Date: June 05, 2013
ASBMR Scientific Web Editor Joe Lorenzo’s most recent blog post discusses the possible misuse of the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) in funding, hiring, and promotion decisions. While the debate about JIF is not new, Lorenzo explains that a number of scientists and editors of journals met in 2012 to discuss the use and influence of JIF, and their concerns were recently published as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). The DORA suggests that there are better ways to measure and evaluate the output of scientific research than journal-based metrics such as JIF. Furthermore, since funding agencies and promotion committees often use the JIF to evaluate the scientific output of individuals, using JIF as a measure of scientific quality may be detrimental to many individuals applying for funding. Read the full blog post on the ASBMR website.