[Taxacom] are journal-ranking algorithms code-compliant?
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Apr 13 19:27:42 CDT 2015
>create a trackable, quantifiable citation event?
Funny how everything trackable and quantifiable is assumed to be a meaningful measure of something! Name usages in publications are in theory already trackable and quantifiable, but no employer has the slightest interest in tracking them!
On Tue, 14/4/15, Doug Yanega <dyanega at ucr.edu> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] are journal-ranking algorithms code-compliant?
To: "Roderic Page" <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>, "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Received: Tuesday, 14 April, 2015, 1:18 PM
On 4/13/15 4:44 PM,
Roderic Page wrote:
> 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
Consider Zootaxa, far and away the largest journal in
> zoological taxonomy. In 2013 approximately
a quarter of all published
names were published in Zootaxa, but its impact factor in
> same year was 1.060
> A mega journal for
taxonomy is pretty much exactly the wrong strategy
> to maximise impact factor.
So, if Zootaxa went from
25% of all names to 100%, you're saying that
its impact factor would DECREASE?
Also, while I see your point
in terms of the status quo, are you not
among the people advocating that scientific
names that are digitally
automatically linked back to their original publications?
If this becomes common practice, will that
not mean that every time a
appears in print, it will *automatically* create a
trackable, quantifiable citation event? This is
more a matter of how
citations, and is *also* presumably subject to change as
technology evolves. I admit that I assume it
will change to our
advantage, and in
precisely this way. Do you not see this happening?
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology
Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314
827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville,
Moby Dick, Chap. 82
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