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Citation-based metrics are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate and used in an informed way

Published on Aug 1, 2012in Scientometrics2.77
· DOI :10.1007/s11192-012-0679-8
Henk F. Moed47
Estimated H-index: 47
(Elsevier),
Lisa Colledge3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Elsevier)
+ 4 AuthorsMayur Amin4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Elsevier)
Abstract
In a reply to Jerome K. Vanclay's manuscript "Impact Factor: outdated artefact or stepping-stone to journal certification?" we discuss the value of journal metrics for the assessment of scientific-scholarly journals from a general bibliometric perspective, and from the point of view of creators of new journal metrics, journal editors and publishers. We conclude that citation-based indicators of journal performance are appropriate tools in journal assessment provided that they are accurate, and used with care and competence.
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