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Living by the Numbers

Science Signaling  01 Dec 2009:
Vol. 2, Issue 99, pp. eg15
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.299eg15

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Abstract

Quantitation of an article's worth by the impact of the journal in which it appears is a path to undermining scientific enterprise. Through a process analogous to rating medical care, rating journals can lead to loss of research effort in the most challenging questions. A paper should be evaluated on its own impact, not by some arbitrary score for the journal as a whole.

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