Citation-based metrics are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate and used in an informed way

Henk F. Moed, Lisa Colledge, Jan Reedijk, Felix Moya-Anegon, Vicente Guerrero-Bote, Andrew Plume, Mayur Amin

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Abstract

In a reply to Jerome K. Vanclay's manuscript "Impact Factor: outdated artefact or stepping-stone to journal certification?" we discuss the value of journal metrics for the assessment of scientific-scholarly journals from a general bibliometric perspective, and from the point of view of creators of new journal metrics, journal editors and publishers. We conclude that citation-based indicators of journal performance are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate, and used with care and competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-376
Number of pages10
JournalScientometrics
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Citation analysis
  • Citation linking
  • Crosscheck
  • Journal editors
  • Journal impact factor
  • Journal metrics
  • Journal performance
  • Journal publishers
  • Peer review
  • SJR
  • SNIP

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