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Corruption of journal Impact Factors Anurag A. Agrawal
 

Summary: Letters
Corruption of journal Impact Factors
Anurag A. Agrawal
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Corson Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Scientists and academic institutions widely use Impact
Factors (http://wos.mimas.ac.uk/) to evaluate the relative
importance of journals. Although sometimes considered
controversial, publishing in relatively high Impact Factor
journals has been broadly applied as a stamp of approval
for hiring and promotions, to rate the accomplishments of
academic departments, and the importance of particu-
lar disciplines. Both authors and publishers strive to
publish high impact journal articles, and the pressure
to do so has apparently lead to an insidious abuse in
how some publishers correspond with authors of nearly
accepted manuscripts. At or before the time of
acceptance, several journals' editors are requesting
that authors cite additional papers published in that
same journal. Some of these requests are general such
as `We would also appreciate it if you would consider

  

Source: Agrawal, Anurag - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Entomollogy, Cornell University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology