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Many researchers bemoan the use of journal impact factors as a means of assessing the influence of scientific articles, Nature's Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato writes. In response to this, the US National Institutes of Health has developed a new metric, dubbed the Relative Citation Ratio, but this approach, too, has drawn criticism, Bloudoff-Indelicato adds.

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