Not everything that counts can be counted

Andrzej Kajetan Wróblewski


A review is presented of the history of ‘impact factor’ since its introduction in 1955 by Eugene Garfield for assessing scientific periodicals to its present degeneration in the hands of science administrators who enforce its use to classify scientists. Arguments are presented against that procedure. Recently there has been an increase of resistance among scientists and the editors of periodicals who call for replacing bibliometric parameters by peer review assessment of publications.


bibliometrics; impact factor; citations; Hirsch index; DORA Declaration

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