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Are we allowing impact factor to have too much impact: The need to reassess the process of academic advancement in pediatric cardiology?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bob Anderson


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© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Impact factor has been used as a metric by which to gauge scientific journals for several years. A metric meant to describe the performance of a journal overall, impact factor has also become a metric used to gauge individual performance as well. This has held true in the field of pediatric cardiology where many divisions utilize impact factor of journals that an individual has published in to help determine the individual's academic achievement. This subsequently can impact the individual's promotion through the academic ranks. We review the purpose of impact factor, its strengths and weaknesses, discuss why impact factor is not a fair metric to apply to individuals, and offer alternative means by which to gauge individual performance for academic promotion.

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Author(s): Loomba RS, Anderson RH

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Congenital Heart Disease

Year: 2018

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Pages: 163-166

Print publication date: 01/03/2018

Online publication date: 26/02/2018

Acceptance date: 24/01/2018

ISSN (print): 1747-079X

ISSN (electronic): 1747-0803

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd


DOI: 10.1111/chd.12593


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