[Taxacom] San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Raymond Hoser - The Snakeman viper007 at live.com.au
Wed Jun 12 22:07:24 CDT 2013

Yes ... from: the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

“the scientific content of
a paper is much more important than publication metrics or

the identity of the journal in which it was published.”

Is a statement of the obvious and yet one deliberately overlooked way
too often. Try for example the rant by Kaiser et al (2013) who views all herpetological
journals other than those they control as “unworthy”. The content of the
relevant papers published elsewhere is so irrelevant that they don’t even read
them before criticising them and seeking to boycott them!


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> From: E.Raab-Straube at BGBM.ORG
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:31:31 +0200
> Subject: [Taxacom] San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
> Dear Taxacomers,
> the American Society for Cell Biology has initiated a declaration on research assessment (DORA), which opposes the use of the Journal Impact Factor as a measure for research quality of individuals and institutions. This message seems not to be very widespread among taxonomists so far, so I think it is worth reading the declaration at  http://am.ascb.org/dora/. Interestingly, the present Editor-in-Chief of Science, Bruce Alberts, is among the first signees of that declaration.
> Best wishes,
> Eckhard von Raab-Straube (Berlin)
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