[Taxacom] are journal-ranking algorithms code-compliant?

Neal Evenhuis neale at bishopmuseum.org
Mon Apr 13 19:19:16 CDT 2015

What he said.

On Stardate 4/13/15 1:44 PM, "Roderic Page" <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>

>Hi Doug,
>Alas that’s not how impact factor works. It’s a function of both the
>number of articles published by a journal, and the number of citations,
>see  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor
>Given that most taxonomic work is likely to few citations (certainly over
>the two-year period typically used when calculating impact factor).
>Consider Zootaxa, far and away the largest journal in zoological
>taxonomy. In 2013 approximately a quarter of all published animal names
>were published in Zootaxa, but its impact factor in the same year was
>1.060 http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/support/impactfactor.htm
>A mega journal for taxonomy is pretty much exactly the wrong strategy to
>maximise impact factor.
>Roderic Page
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>On 14 Apr 2015, at 00:29, Doug Yanega
><dyanega at ucr.edu<mailto:dyanega at ucr.edu>> wrote:
>On 4/13/15 4:01 PM, Fred Schueler wrote:
>Quoting Neal Evenhuis
><neale at bishopmuseum.org<mailto:neale at bishopmuseum.org>>:
>However, until employers (mainly in academia) do away with evaluating
>their employee taxonomists based on where they publish (i.e., high ranking
>journals), many taxonomists will not switch over to this zero-ranking
>registration/repository system.
>* I'm glad I got my unemployable badge before this ranking of individuals
>by the ranking of the journals in which they publish came in. This
>practice has always seemed to me to be an institutionalization of pure
>stinking cowardice - those seeking to violate the commandment "judge not,
>lest ye be judged" rank journals by popularity criteria solely because
>they're afraid they (perhaps as administrative trolls luring under
>academic bridges) couldn't understand the work of the person they're
>supposed to be evaluating. They fob the job off on a numerical assessment
>of the journals, and go home to supper.
>This is a total inversion of the taxonomic notion of "publication," in
>which it doesn't matter where you publish something, so long as it is
>Before this devolves any further (and I'm not accusing Neal or Fred of
>doing so, but I can anticipate some of the responses this may generate),
>PLEASE consider the following question very carefully:
>If there is only a *single* electronic venue (call it an e-journal if you
>must), where ALL new zoological taxonomic/nomenclatural acts and
>descriptions MUST appear in order for them to be available, including
>paleontology, all vertebrates and invertebrates - ALL disciplines - then
>what impact factor do you think that single venue will have? Thousands
>upon thousands of new works produced every year, all in one place, all
>with a single cited source? This is a no-brainer. No one has to worry
>that such a venue would not have enough of an impact factor to satisfy a
>tenure committee; in plain fact, any taxonomist who is worried about
>impact factor should be BEGGING for such a system to be implemented, as
>soon as is humanly possible, so they can start submitting to it! Look at
>it this way: when less than 1% of all new names appear in high-impact
>venues like Nature or Science, then the OTHER 99% of taxonomists have
>*everything to gain and nothing to lose* by joining all together into a
>single digital venue, instead of staying scattered across hundreds of
>different venues with a microscopic fraction of the readership.
>Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
>Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
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