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In my spam folder this morning I found an email from Nature Publishing Group (NPG) that made me seriously doubt my previous assessment of NPG as possessing a "very keen awareness [...] about scholarly communication and where it is headed". Just see for yourself:
This emphasis on Thomson Reuter's 'Impact Factor' seems rather embarrassing given that
- The IF is negotiable and doesn't reflect actual citation counts (source1, source2)
- The IF cannot be reproduced, even if it reflected actual citations (source)
- The IF is not statistically sound, even if it were reproducible and reflected actual citations (source)
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