December 11, 2019

“Proposal For a Standard Article Metrics Dashboard to Replace the Journal Impact Factor” by David Lewis

From the Introduction of a New Paper by David Lewis (Dean Emeritus, IUPUI University Library):

As I noted in an earlier working paper, the journal impact factor, though it is widely understood to be deeply flawed, remains in use because it is a simple way on passing judgement on the quality of a recently published article. This is especially true in the cases, like promotion and tenure committees where the individuals passing judgement have no expertise in the subject the article speaks to and are pressed for time. In this paper I will propose a simple set of metrics, displayed in a dashboard, to be used to evaluate articles in contexts like promotion and tenure committees.

Direct to Full Text Working Paper: “Proposal for a Standard Article Metrics Dashboard to Replace the Journal Impact Factor” (via IUPUI ScholarWorks)
5 pages; PDF.

More Papers by David Lewis Available via IUPUI ScholarWorks

See Also: A Few Minutes With: ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year David Lewis (March 7, 2018 via News at IUPUI)

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