Hate journal impact factors? New study gives you one more reason | Science | AAAS
"The opacity comes from Thomson Reuters, the private company that does the calculating. It makes money by selling access to the Web of Science, a detailed journal database, and the citation data it curates are not public. ...Typographic errors and outright mistakes also add to the data-cleaning challenge.
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So why don't journal publishers cooperate with each other, using the Thomson Reuters database to calculate their own impact factors? That idea crystallized at a meeting last year at the United Kingdom's Royal Society, says Stephen Curry, a cell biologist at Imperial College London. "It wasn’t hard to convince people," he says"