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Anat Rec. 1999 Apr 15;257(2):54-7.

Impact factors: use and abuse in biomedical research.

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  • 1Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. coleman@tx.technion.ac.il

Abstract

Impact factors are increasingly being used as measures in the process of academic evaluation; however, the pitfalls associated with such use of impact factors are not always appreciated. Impact factors have limited use as criteria in determining the quality of scientific research. Classical anatomists may be actively discriminated against if journal impact factors are used as measures of scientific merit in comparison with colleagues in more popular or faster-moving disciplines such as molecular biology. Research evaluation based on citation rates and journal impact factors is inappropriate, unfair, and an increasing source of frustration.

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