Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Gaming Science Journal Rankings

Most people have heard about attempts to game the Google rankings, but a recent article in the Wall Street Journal ("Science Journals Artfully try to Boost Their Rankings") sheds light on attempts by serious scientific journals to improve their own "impact factor" rankings.

Why? Because as the article states:

Impact factors matter to publishers' bottom lines because librarians rely on them to make purchasing decisions. Annual subscriptions to some journals can cost upwards of $10,000.

Thomson Scientific will release its impact factors later this month. For those journals that score high, pressure will be on libraries that cater to scientific researchers to purchase subscriptions. A lot of (library) money is at stake.

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