Tagged: impact factors

More on the PBRF’s new clothes - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Dec 21, 2017

A few of weeks ago I outed the multi-million-dollar exercise that is the Quality Evaluation component of the performance based research fund (PBRF) as a futile exercise because there was no net gain in research dollars for the NZ academic community.  Having revealed the Emperor’s new clothes, I awaited the call from the Minister in … Read More

Open letter for a professional association regarding impact factors - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jul 03, 2013

Dr John Pickering Department of Medicine University of Otago Christchurch Christchurch New Zealand Dr Peter Kerr Editor Nephrology Journal of the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology 3 July 2013 Re:  Open letter regarding the Nephrology journal’s use of impact factors Dear Dr Kerr As an occasional referee for Nephrology and member of the ANZSN affiliated … Continue reading » … Read More

Statistically illiterate…. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 19, 2012

‘Statistically illiterate’ is how scientist and blogger Stephen Curry describes those who support impact factors, used to rank scientific journals. The impact factor, calculated annually, reflects the mean number of citations to articles published in a journal in the two preceding years. He has a point. As Stephen describes: ….typically only 15% of … Read More