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Title: Academic sell-out: how an obsession with metrics and rankings is damaging academia
Authors: Gruber, Thorsten
Keywords: Metrics
Journal impact factor
Journal ranking
Citations
Open access
Altmetrics
h-index
Academia
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: GRUBER, T., 2014. Academic sell-out: how an obsession with metrics and rankings is damaging academia. Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, 24 (2), pp. 165 - 177.
Abstract: Increasingly, academics have to demonstrate that their research has academic impact. Universities normally use journal rankings and journal impact factors to assess the research impact of individual academics. More recently, citation counts for individual articles and the h-index have also been used to measure the academic impact of academics. There are, however, several serious problems with relying on journal rankings, journal impact factors and citation counts. For example, articles without any impact may be published in highly ranked journals or journals with high impact factor, whereas articles with high impact could be published in lower ranked journals or journals with low impact factor. Citation counts can also be easily gamed and manipulated, and the h-index disadvantages early career academics. This paper discusses these and several other problems and suggests alternatives such as post-publication peer review and open-access journals.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education on 23 Oct 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08841241.2014.970248
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/08841241.2014.970248
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/16336
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08841241.2014.970248
ISSN: 0884-1241
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