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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's premiere funding agency for medical research and is no longer using Thomson Reuter's Impact Factors to evaluate individual grant applications or researchers.
NHMRC Conclusion:
A peer review system that gives prime consideration to the impact factor of journals for peer review of
individual applications is unfair and unscholarly.4
Its use in this way is supported neither by high impact journals themselves, nor by the originators of the impact factor.
Therefore, NHMRC will no longer call for inclusion of impact factors in applications nor use journal impact factors in peer reviewed evaluations.

In Peter Binfield's words: "Finally, some sense!"

Given that Impact Factors are negotiable, irreproducible and mathematically unsound, why would anyone even pay the slightest attention to them?
Posted on Tuesday 06 April 2010 - 12:48:11 comment: 0
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