Academic success beyond the journal impact factor: a junior PI’s view

Cawthorn, W. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description

Science is obsessed with metrics for the assessment of researchers and their outputs. Impact factors, citation counts and the h-index are now entrenched in academic culture, but is this a good thing? The evidence suggests that it is not. Worse still, there is a noticeable lack of evidence to support the use of these metrics in guiding research assessment. Thus, we're faced with the irony that science is evidence-based, yet scientists themselves have embraced a method of assessment that is tellingly lacking in any empirical basis.

In this talk, I discuss the current situation and how to resolve it. Let's stop obsessing over journals and 'impact' and rebalance our focus on robust, reliable and open research.
Period4 Jun 2019
Event titleFAIR Science: tricky problems and creative solutions
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionRegional