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

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


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.


FAIR Science: tricky problems and creative solutions

Duration4 Jun 20194 Jun 2019
Location of eventThe Queen's Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh Bioquarter
CountryUnited Kingdom
Web address (URL)
Degree of recognitionNational event

Event: Conference

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