Faculty of 1000

Post-publication peer review

Big Bad John

Posted by rpg on 28 August, 2009

I’ve been remiss.

I should have talked a bit about the events of last Saturday: truth is I was struck by a stomach bug on Tuesday night and have been a little bit out of things. If you’re interested, there is a video of the ‘Fringe Frivolous‘ event of the Friday evening and lots and lots of photos on Flickr.

Martin Fenner has summarized all the blog links he could find, in a kind of citation-stealing Annual Review way. Yeah, we talked about indicators and metrics in the session with Victor and Ginny Barbour (PLoS), saying among other things that usage data and network metrics and our own F1000 factor aren’t necessarily replacements for the journal impact factor: rather they’re all complementary, and tell you diffirent things.

I’ll actually be talking about that a bit more at two upcoming meetings. The first is Internet Librarian International in London, 15-16 October; the second is the XXIX Annual Charleston Conference, 4-7 November in Charleston SC. That’s actually going to be a hell of a trip as it’s my youngest’s birthday on 5th. She’ll be ten: I’m going to miss it but there should be fireworks on the Friday or Saturday night that we can see.

Interestingly, a chap from Thomson collared me on Saturday after our session. As someone remarked to me later, this was quite a scoop: apparently Thomson don’t usually bother with small fish: I wonder if we spooked them?

Talking of which, there’s a fascinating paper about the ‘Matthew Effect’ in arXiv (‘the arXiv’?), The impact factor’s Matthew effect: a natural experiment in bibliometrics. Turns out (surprise, surprise) that papers published in high impact factor journals garner twice as many citations as the identical paper in a low IF journal. I don’t know if that’s because more people read high IF journals or because there truly is the impression that papers in them must be better, or what. Either way, I’d just like to say…

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