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Just How Much Is That Citation Worth, Anyway?

Blogger Dan has a post at Bitesize Bio about a new journal ranking tool (a free one, to boot) that tallies up impact factors by taking into account the relative importance of each citation, rather than giving all citations equal weight. "After all, we naturally and automatically prioritize citations based on where they’re coming from," Dan writes.

This comes on the heels of some bad press for Thomson Scientific -- creator of the impact factor -- when an editorial came out last month in the Journal of Cell Biology claiming that Thomson's numbers are based at least partly on subjective components. Thomson fired back with a statement that the editorial was "misleading and inaccurate."

 

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