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author = {Lariviere, V and Kiermer, V and MacCallum, CJ and McNutt, M and Patterson, M and Pulverer, B and Swaminathan, S and Curry, S},
doi = {10.1101/062109},
publisher = {bioRxiv},
title = {A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions},
url = {},
year = {2016}

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AB - Although the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is widely acknowledged to be a poor indicator of the quality of individual papers, it is used routinely to evaluate research and researchers. Here, we present a simple method for generating the citation distributions that underlie JIFs. Application of this straightforward protocol reveals the full extent of the skew of these distributions and the variation in citations received by published papers that is characteristic of all scientific journals. Although there are differences among journals across the spectrum of JIFs, the citation distributions overlap extensively, demonstrating that the citation performance of individual papers cannot be inferred from the JIF. We propose that this methodology be adopted by all journals as a move to greater transparency, one that should help to refocus attention on individual pieces of work and counter the inappropriate usage of JIFs during the process of research assessment.
AU - Lariviere,V
AU - Kiermer,V
AU - MacCallum,CJ
AU - McNutt,M
AU - Patterson,M
AU - Pulverer,B
AU - Swaminathan,S
AU - Curry,S
DO - 10.1101/062109
PB - bioRxiv
PY - 2016///
TI - A simple proposal for the publication of journal citation distributions
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