[Taxacom] San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Thu Jun 13 17:26:32 CDT 2013

Perhaps we can suggest some desirable features of better metrics.  An
obvious problem with the impact factor is that it only considers a few
years after publication, whereas taxonomy tends to be a much more long-term
endeavor.  Also, non-taxonomic publications rarely cite how they identified
their material (even taxonomic publications often don't provide full
citation).  How much should we cite the authorship of higher taxa?
Obviously Linnaeus isn't going to benefit much from getting more citations
in the coming years; on the other hand, citations of early literature might
be useful evidence of the value of collections, digitizing literature and
specimens, etc.

Another way in which the journal affects accessibility is that major
databases more often track the big-name journals than the more specialized
or less prominent.  In GenBank, for example, "unpublished" or "in press"
often merely means that GenBank didn't notice that something got

On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 5:31 AM, Raab-Straube von , Eckhard <
E.Raab-Straube at bgbm.org> wrote:

> 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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Dr. David Campbell
Assistant Professor, Geology
Department of Natural Sciences
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs NC 28017

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