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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Measures of Impact

Hemai Parthasarathy, the Managing Editor for PLoS Biology, has published an Editorial, Measures of Impact, in PLoS Biol 2005(Aug); 3(8): e296. The editorial is about a preliminary 2004 impact factor for PLoS Biology. Excerpt: "Journal editors know that there are various ways to deliberately improve an impact factor, for example, by publishing topical review articles and by weighting content towards more highly cited fields. This begs the question of whether the editors of PLoS Biology should play the impact factor game and discontinue some of our educational material in favor of higher citations. On the contrary, our goal is to eventually expand and further develop these components of PLoS Biology".