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Impact factors are stupid

Impact factors are hugely important in journal publishing. Essentially, they determine which journals are more widely read (more “impactful”). Naturally, then, just like the Nielsen ratings in television, they are significant measures because publishing in high impact journals is considered more prestigious, and therefore more valuable for things that matter to researchers like academic tenure and funding opportunities.

But what if impact factors were way off? It’s no secret in the scholarly publishing world that impact factors need to be reworked, but by some measures, they’re really just wildly inaccurate nonsense.

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